ISIL claims weekend rocket attack on Lebanon's Bekaa Valley

Published March 16th, 2014 - 11:51 GMT
ISIL said the rocket attacks were a response to Hezbollah's assistance of Syrian regime forces (File Archive)
ISIL said the rocket attacks were a response to Hezbollah's assistance of Syrian regime forces (File Archive)

The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria claimed responsibility for a deadly weekend rocket attack into the northeastern Lebanon, citing Hezbollah’s military actions in the Syrian town of Yabroud.

“After the assault ... [by Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed] Hasan Nasrallah on the Sunnis in Yabroud ... thinking he would be able to protect his criminal party’s strongholds in Lebanon, we rendered the places [Nasrallah] wishes safeguarded full of fear and terror,” an ISIS statement posted on Twitter said.

“Just as they shell our people, we destroy their houses, for it is an eye for an eye. We launched five rockets against the [Shiite] Labweh, a stronghold of the demonic party,” the statement added.

Several rockets from Syria hit two villages in the Bekaa Valley Saturday, killing one person and wounding three others, security sources told The Daily Star.

Four rockets landed in the eastern village of Nabi Othman while another other four struck the nearby village of Labweh.

The Lebanese Army said one of its units inspected the sites of the explosions to determine the source of the fire. Several media outlets said the rocket fire came from the northeastern Lebanese town of Arsal.

Angered by the attacks, several people blocked the road connecting Baalbek to Hermel and abducted three men from Arsal, a majority-Sunni area known for its closeness to the armed Syrian opposit

ISIS has claimed previous rocket attacks on eastern areas where support for Hezbollah is strong.

 

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