Israeli warplanes bomb Palestinian camp south of Beirut
Israeli warplanes bombed targets near the Lebanese capital city of Beirut around Monday night in what Israel described as response to earlier rocket fire into Israeli territorial waters.
Lebanese security sources said the Israeli jets hit Palestinian military targets south of Beirut. There were no reports of casualties or damage.
Lebanese security sources said the attack on Naameh village, 20 kilometers south of Beirut, was aimed at an area in which the People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command, has a large base.
"There were no casualties as the base had been abandoned some time ago," a Palestinian source said.
An Israeli spokesperson issued a statement saying the strike was in response to an incident in which 107-millimeter rockets were fired from Lebanon and landed near an Israeli naval vessel patrolling Israeli territorial waters in the Mediterranean earlier in the day.
The Israeli army said the rockets, which did not cause any casualties or damage, were fired by a Palestinian group. A statement from the United Nations office in south Lebanon said three rockets were fired from the Naqoura area and that UN officials were investigating.
The Israeli statement issued following the Monday night airstrike said "Israel is determined stop terror acts emanating from Lebanon and places the responsibility for these terror activities on the governments of Lebanon and Syria." (Albawaba.com)
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