Prime Minister-delegate denounces Lebanon rocket attacks
LEBANON, BAABDA : Journalists inspect the damage at a private residence where one of two rockets fired from an unknown location exploded in the early hours of August 2, 2013, just metres from an entrance to the presidential palace in Baabda. AFP PHOTO / ANWAR AMRO
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Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam denounced on Friday the Baabda rockets incident, describing it as a “dangerous and suspicious.”
“Targeting the areas that include national symbols is a new chapter in the series of suspicious security incidents across the country,” Salam said.
He pointed out that the culprits are “taking advantage from the current political disputes to go on in their dangerous scheme that aims at striking stability and creating fuss among the Lebanese.”
Salam called on the competent security forces to exert efforts to unveil those who are behind the security incidents.
“The national duty obliges all sides to resume dialogue to resolve the political disputes,” he added.
Salam also earlier held a telephone conversation with President Michel Suleiman.
According to the a communique issued by the army two 107 mm rockets were fired in the Baabda area on Thursday night.
One of the rockets landed in the garden of the Freiha villa that is located near the Officers' Club.
The second rocket landed near the Khashoqji castle in al-Yarzeh.
No one was injured in the incident.
The Freiha villa is located 100 meters from the secondary entrance of the Baabda presidential palace.
There were reports that a third rocket was fired in the attack, but it has not been confirmed.
Media reports said that it hit an area between Baabda and Bshamoun.
The attack came on the same day that President Michel Suleiman gave a speech on the occasion of Army Day in which he criticized Hizbullah's involvement in the Syrian war in support of President Bashar Assad's forces.
In June, a Grad rocket fired from Ballouneh in Kesrouan district exploded after it hit an electricity line in the Monteverde valley.
The army found a second rocket at the launch site.
In May, two rockets hit Beirut's southern suburbs shortly after Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah made a speech defending his party's fighting in Syria.