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'Lebanese army dismantles rockets aimed at Israel '
November 19, 2012 17:52
Security source says army dismantled two rockets in southern Lebanon town Halta, about 1 km from an Israeli military site.
Lebanese policemen [file photo]

Lebanese police men 370 (R). (photo credit:Mohamed Azakir / Reuters)

KFAR SHUBA, Lebanon - The Lebanese army dismantled two rockets in southern Lebanon on Monday that security sources said were aimed towards Israel.

The unfired rockets, on launchers, were found in the town of Halta and were about 1 km from an Israeli military site on Mount Hermon. They appeared to have put in the area since Operation Pillar of Defense began in Gaza last week, the security sources said.

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Lebanese soldiers surrounded the area around the intended launch site and cut off several nearby roads, according to a Reuters journalist in the area.

The sources gave no information as to who put the rockets there.

The Israeli-Lebanese border has been largely quiet in recent years, though rockets were fired over the border in two incidents last November and December, with only one casualty reported.

Southern Lebanon is home to several Palestinian groups, some of them militant, who may have wanted to respond to the violence between the Israeli military and Palestinian terrorists in Gaza.

There have also been concerns of a possible spillover of tension from the revolt in neighboring Syria against President Bashar Assad, and from a stiffening of Western sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.

Hezbollah has not commented on reports of rockets being found.

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