Three rocket launchers found in southern Lebanon

Published December 22nd, 2015 - 01:00 GMT

The Lebanese army reportedly found three launch pads used to fire rockets into northern Israel, two days after an attack on the country, the state-run National News Agency said Tuesday.

The launchers were found in the Tyre district village of Henniye.

At least three rockets were fired Sunday from southern Lebanon toward Israel after a suspected Israeli airstrike killed a Hezbollah commander in Syria.

Israel responded by firing nine shells across the border, including seven that hit the area of Wadi al-Nafkha, and two which struck Wadi Zabqin.

No one was wounded in the attacks on either side of the border.

The limited escalation came after Samir Kuntar was killed in the Israeli airstrike on a residential building in the Damascus suburb of Jaramana Saturday night. Dubbed the “Dean of Lebanese Prisoners,” Kuntar was released by Israel in 2008 as part of a prisoner swap with Hezbollah, following Israel’s summer 2006 war against Lebanon.

The Lebanese Army, along with UNIFIL, has been inspecting the area since early Monday in an attempt to locate the pads.

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah Monday blamed Israel for Kuntar's death and vowed to retaliate against the Jewish state at a time and place of the group’s choice.


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