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Israel bombs Lebanon in retaliation for rocket attack

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-08-23

The Israeli air force bombed a militant target south of Lebanon’s capital Beirut early Friday morning in retaliation for a cross-border rocket attack the day before.

Israel’s air force bombed a militant target south of Lebanon’s capital Beirut early on Friday in retaliation for a cross-border rocket attack the day before, a spokesman said.

The air strike targeted a “terror site” near Na’ameh, between Beirut and Sidon, according to an Israeli military source quoted by the Reuters news agency.

A Palestinian militant group based in Lebanon, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), confirmed that its base in Na’ameh had been hit by an Israeli rocket on Friday, but said it caused no injuries or significant damage, Lebanon’s Al-Manar Television reported.

The move comes one day after four rockets were fired from Lebanese soil into northern Israel. The attack, which was later claimed by the al Qaeda-linked Sunni Muslim group Abdullah Azzam Brigade, caused damage but no casualties.

“Israel will not tolerate terrorist aggression originating from Lebanese territory,” Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said in a statement announcing Friday’s retaliation.

Israel and Lebanon are technically at war. Israel briefly invaded Lebanon during an inconclusive 2006 conflict with Hezbollah. The Israelis now are reluctant to open a new Lebanese front, however, given spiraling regional instability.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

Date created : 2013-08-23

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