Lebanese army, UNFIL launch investigation into rocket attack

August 22, 2013 20:57


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The Lebanese Army and the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon are to launch an investigation into the earlier rocket barrage fired from southern Lebanon into Israel on Thursday, Lebanon's Daily Star reported.

According to the report, the Lebanese army confirmed the attack in a statement, saying four Katyusha rockets were fired from Tyre into Israel at 4:50 p.m.

The Star quoted anonymous sources as stating UNFIL inspected the launch sites, which were cordoned off by Lebanese authorities.

UNIFIL spokeswoman Antoinette Midday said peacekeepers were still in the phase of analysis, adding that the UN force would contact both the Lebanese and the Israeli sides to restore calm, the Star reported.

Meanwhile, Lebanese President Michel Suleiman condemned the rocket fire from south Lebanon, describing the incident as a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 and Lebanon's sovereignty.

Sulieman also asked relevant agencies to apprehend the militants behind the attack and refer them to the judiciary, the Star quoted his office as stating.

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