Army discovers rocket launching pads in S. Lebanon

Published August 26th, 2014 - 07:57 GMT

The Lebanese Army Tuesday found the launch pads which were used to fire the rockets into northern Israel that drew a barrage of Israeli retaliatory fire on south Lebanon Monday, the National News Agency (NNA) said.

The troops discovered three Katyusha rocket launchers overnight while they searched the Jermaq area near the Litani River, after at least two rockets were fired on northern Israel late Monday evening.

A technical failure prevented one of the three rockets from firing, and Army engineers were working on dismantling it, NNA said.

In the meantime, a tense calm prevailed along the Blue Line on the Lebanese-Israeli border, as the Army and U.N. peacekeeping forces increased their patrols in the area.

“A state of high tensions is prevailing on either side of the border as the Israeli Army also stepped up their surveillance along their side of the Blue Line stretching from the Adaisseh axis to the Shebaa heights and Kfar Shuba,” NNA said.

The rocket fire from the Jermaq area came two days after a similar attack Saturday. Dozens of shells landed on the river’s banks near Jermaq and Aishieh as a result of retaliatory Israeli fire, a security source told The Daily Star Monday, adding that the Lebanese Army had cordoned off the area in search of the perpetrators. The Army also closed the road linking Adaisseh to Kfar Kila due to the intensity of the shelling.

In mid-July, at least nine rockets were fired from Lebanon at northern Israel, prompting Israel to retaliate with artillery fire. Lebanese military officials at the time said they believed the attacks were carried out by a small Palestinian group in solidarity with Gaza.


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