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Scene of rocket attack in Beirut
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2 rockets hit Lebanese Hezbollah stronghold

Four people injured as two rockets hit Beirut neighborhoods controlled by Shiite terror organization; attack possible response to Nasrallah's speech in support of Assad

Rockets slammed Sunday into two Beirut neighborhoods that are strongholds of Lebanon's Hezbollah group, wounding at least 4 people, Lebanese security officials and media said.


Lebanese officials said they found the pads from which rockets were fired. According to the officials, the projectiles were launched from the villages of Aitat and Besaba, southeast of the area in which the rockets landed.


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In addition, the Lebanese security forces found a third launching pad from which no rockets were fired. Lebanese Interior Minister Marwan Charbel, who described the shooting as an act of sabotage, said the third launching pad was found in an uninhabited area in the woods.


Unofficial Lebanese security sources said the projectiles fired on the Hezbollah strongholds were Katyusha rockets. 


Tensions have been running high in Lebanon, and Syrian rebels have threatened to retaliate against the terrorist Shiite Hezbollah group for sending fighters to assist President Bashar Assad's forces in Syria.


One rocket landed in the Mar Mikhael district on the southern edge of the capital, striking a car exhibit on the street. Another struck an apartment in a building in Chiyah district south of Beirut, about two kilometers (one mile) away from Mar Mikhael.


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Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV said the Chiyah rocket did not explode.


The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations and said it was not clear from where the rockets were fired.


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The state-run National News Agency said among the wounded were three Syrians.


On Saturday, Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah vowed to help propel Assad to victory in Syria's bloody civil war, warning that the fall of the Damascus regime would give rise to extremists and plunge the Middle East into a "dark period."


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In a televised address, he also said Hezbollah members are fighting in Syria against Islamic radicals who pose a danger to Lebanon, and pledged that his group will not allow Syrian militants to control areas along the Lebanese border. He pledged that Hezbollah will turn the tide of the conflict in Assad's favor, and stay as long as necessary to do so.


"We will continue this road until the end, we will take the responsibility and we will make all the sacrifices," he said. "We will be victorious."


The Hezbollah leader's comments offered the clearest public confirmation yet that the Iranian-backed group is directly involved in Syria's war. They also were Nasrallah's first remarks since Hezbollah fighters have pushed to the front lines of the battle for the strategic Syrian town of Qusair near the Lebanese frontier.


The fighting in Qusair, which government troops backed by Hezbollah pounded with artillery on Saturday, has laid bare the Lebanese Shiite group's growing role in the Syrian conflict.


Hezbollah initially tried to play down its involvement, but could no longer do so after dozens of its fighters were killed in the town and buried in large funerals in Lebanon.


Syria's two-year uprising has polarised Lebanon, with Sunni Muslims supporting the rebellion against Assad and Hezbollah standing by the Syrian president.


A wave of fighting in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli between factions supporting opposing sides in the Syrian conflict has killed at least 25 people over the last week.


Reuters contributed to the report 


You can contact Elior Levy, Ynet's Palestinian Affairs Correspondent, at: [email protected]



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