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NOW/AFP

Rockets hit Beirut’s Dahiyeh

Two Grad rockets hit a Shiite-populated area of Beirut

Damage caused by a rocket blast in a parking lot in Beirut

Four people were wounded on Sunday when two rockets exploded in the Shiite-majority Hezbollah heartland of southern Beirut.

 

"Two Grad rockets hit the southern suburbs of Beirut. One rocket struck a car showroom where four people were wounded and vehicles were damaged," the source told AFP.

 

Lebanon's state National News Agency reported that five people were injured in the attack on the showroom, one of them critically.

 

The report added that the other rocket hit in the nearby Maroun Misk street.

 

The reported launch site for the rocket was in an area between Aley's Aitat and Bsaba, a little over 10 kilometers southeast of where they hit, the NNA said.

 

Later, the Lebanese Army Command confirmed in a statement that the rockets were launched from a forest near Aitat, and added that “investigations are ongoing to identify the perpetrators and apprehend them.”

 

Meanwhile, Hezbollah's Al-Manar television said that a third, misfired, rocket was found in a valley near the launch sites of the other two missiles. 

 

Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel arrived to the scene of the rocket attacks shortly after they occurred and stressed that the rockets were fired from an “uninhabited isolated area,” adding that the objective is “vandalism.”

 

“We hope that Syrian events do not spill over into Lebanon and that all [parties] realize how dangerous the situation is,” he continued.

 

“We have opened an investigation, and I have been informed of the location from which the rockets were fired and we hope to reach positive results.”

 

It was the first time the Lebanese capital's southern suburbs have been targeted during the two-year-old conflict in neighboring Syria, where Hezbollah has thrown its military might into the regime's fight against rebels seeking to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

 

Sunday's blasts came just hours after Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah vowed "victory" in Syria.

 

"I say to all the honorable people, to the mujahedeen, to the heroes: I have always promised you a victory and now I pledge to you a new one" in Syria, he said at a ceremony marking the 13th anniversary of Israel's military withdrawal from Lebanon.

 

Nasrallah said Hezbollah would always stand by its ally Assad and his regime, stressing that its own interests were at stake.

 

The fighting in Syria has already spilled over into the country's second city, the northern port of Tripoli, where 30 people have been killed in a week of clashes between pro-Assad Alawites and pro-rebel Sunni Muslims.

Damage caused by a rocket blast in a parking lot in Beirut's Dahiyeh.

Two Grad rockets hit the southern suburbs of Beirut.

  • Lil Asaf

    Man u need anger management, hatred management, narrow mindedness management, bigotry management courses ,, and please be sure to enroll in the extended programs! Im certain many Muslims will be willing to pay ur tuition as a form of "sadaka li dafe3 al balaa2"! And while ur at it, it would do u some good, Im not sure with you good things can go very far, to really learn about a certain subject before spreading ur venom everywhere and looking brainless urself! All those comments are hurting the suave intellectual know it all person ur comments are trying, unsuccessfully so, to reflect!

    May 31, 2013

  • Hanibaal-Atheos

    At his next speech, Hassan Nasrallah will try to convince his brainless herd of Lebanese that the "Zionist enemy" is behind this attack, because no one in the Arab-Muslim Umma will attack, kill, fight, maim, bomb, decapitate, butcher, slay, or otherwise harm their Muslim brothers. While the Koran allows the murder of children, women, Christians, Jews, and any other "lower form" of human life, it strictly forbids the killing by Muslims of the highest form of human life, the testostrone-laden Muslim man.

    May 26, 2013

  • Ren

    Inhabited area of Lebanon?????? There isn't a square inch of Lebanon unhabited

    May 26, 2013