Lebanon arrests 2 suspected of involvement in rocket attacks on Israel

Suspects confess to supplying four rockets used in August 22 attacks on northern Israel; Lebanese Army expects further arrests.

August 31, 2013 16:58
Israeli police survey damage to a village near Nahariya following Thursday's rocket attack.

damage from lebanon strike in israel 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Lebanese authorities arrested two suspects for involvement in rocket attacks from the country’s territory into northern Israel earlier this month, The Daily Star reported on Saturday.

According to the report, the Lebanese Armed Forces stated that the suspects, Youssef Muhammad Fliti and Omar Abdel-Mawla al-Atrash, confessed to supplying the four rockets used in the attacks.

The suspects said that they transferred the rockets to a man in the southern Lebanese city of Tyre.

Lebanese authorities expected to make further arrests in the incident, The Daily Star reported.

Of the four Katyusha rockets fired at Israel on August 22, two crossed the border, causing some damage, but no injuries. One missile hit Kibbutz Gesher Haziv, damaging a road and vehicles parked on it. Another struck in a built-up community in the Western Galilee.

The Israel Air Force responded to the rockets hours after they were fired, striking a Palestinian terrorist target south of Beirut. The IDF attributed the rocket fire to a radical Sunni al-Qaida-affiliated group.

Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.

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