While peace talks continue in Geneva, Lebanon still victim of Syrian rocket fire
Hermel has been victim of Syrian rocket fire over the past three years as the neighboring civil war continues (Courtesy of Naharnet)
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Five rockets from Syria hit the northeastern region of Hermel Saturday, a security source said, adding that there were no reports of casualties, in an attack claimed by a group affiliated to the Nusra Front in Lebanon and Abdullah Azzam Brigades.
The rockets were fired from the eastern mountain range in Syria and struck different parts of the Hermel region, causing only material damage, the source said.
There was a similar incident Friday when rockets fired from the stretch of mountains hit the area.
In a jointly signed statement, the Nusra Front in Lebanon and Abdullah Azzam Brigades said the Marwan Hadid Brigades, one of their affiliates, officially claimed responsibility for firing the seven rockets into the Hermel region.
The statement, posted on twitter, also warned of further attacks in Syria and Lebanon unless two “just” conditions are met: Hezbollah ends its military intervention in the war next door; “Sunni youth” detained in Lebanese prisons are released.
The Nusra Front in Lebanon and Marwan Hadid Brigades have both claimed responsibility for previous rockets attacks on the northeastern region of Lebanon. The former has also claimed responsibility for several bombings in the country targeting areas where Hezbollah enjoys wide support.
In November, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the deadly Nov. 19 suicide attack at Iran’s Embassy in Beirut. Majid Al Majid, the group’s leader, was apprehended by the Lebanese Army earlier this month but later died at a military hospital due to what officials said were natural causes.
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