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Syria rockets slam into Hermel

A series of missiles fired from Syria hit the Hezbollah-stronghold area of Hermel in the northern Beqaa on Tuesday, injuring a number of people and causing material damage.

 

Lebanon’s state National News Agency said that three people were wounded after a rocket slammed into a home in the town at around 4:15 p.m., while another missile struck a nearby garden.

 

Another two rockets hit the area 15 minutes later, but no injuries were reported.

 

Earlier in the day, the NNA reported that three rockets had struck the Hermel area.

 

The rocket barrage comes a day after three mortar shells fired from Syria killed a young woman outside the Beqaa town.

 

The Free Syrian Army has previously claimed responsibility for the attacks on Shiite-populated areas of Lebanon near the Syrian border in response to Hezbollah's involvement in their fight to oust the Bashar al-Assad regime.

 

Syrian rebel fighters have raised their rhetoric against Hezbollah as the Shiite party has pressed a military campaign against the rebel-held city of Al-Qusayr near the Lebanese border. On Tuesday, Free Syrian Army chief-of-staff Salim Idriss issued a 24-hour ultimatum to Lebanese President Michel Suleiman to force the withdrawal of Hezbollah fighters from Syria.

 

The warnings come after Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Saturday vowed that his party and the Syrian regime would emerge victorious in the fighting in Syria.

 

The morning after his speech two Grad rockets hit the Hezbollah-stronghold Dahiyeh southern area of Beirut. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Three people were wounded after a rocket slammed into a home in the town.