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Rockets hit Lebanon’s Hermel

BEIRUT - Rockets fired from Syria landed near the northern Beqaa town of Hermel on Tuesday afternoon, injuring two Lebanese Armed Forces soldiers and a civilian.

 

One of the rockets hit an army post in Hermel’s Al-Dora, injuring two soldiers, NOW’s correspondent reported.

 

The site’s correspondent identified the wounded LAF soldiers as Hussein al-Moussawi, who was transferred to Al-Batul Hospital and is in a stable condition, and twenty-five-year-old Rabih Francis who was rushed to Al-Assi Hospital for treatment.

 

He also identified the injured civilian as Sueidan Nasser al-Deen.

 

Three other rockets hit Hermel’s Ras a-Mal, Bdita and Al-Marh areas, south of the town’s Serail municipal center, the correspondent added.

 

However, Army Command reported that six missiles had landed in Hermel towns as of 4:30 p.m.

 

The Marwan Hadid Brigades claimed responsibility for the rocket attack, saying it fired ten Grad rockets at Hermel along with the "Al-Nusra Front of Lebanon."

 

The little-known Islamist rebel group has in the past said that it was behind other rocket strikes in the Beqaa.

 

Hermel and other Shiite-populated areas of the Beqaa have been subjected to rocket attacks from Syria since the spring of 2013.

One of the rockets fired into the town hit an army post in Hermel’s Al-Dora, injuring two soldiers.