'Lebanon struck by 16 rockets fired from Syria'

None hurt in attacks which come amid Hezbollah backing of Assad; four Syrians arrested in connection with attack.

June 1, 2013 13:03
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The Bekaa Valley in Lebanon [file photo]

The Bekaa Valley in Lebanon 370 (R). (photo credit: Steve Crisp / Reuters)

More than 16 rockets were fired from Syria into Lebanon early Saturday morning landing in the Bekaa Valley region, the Lebanese Daily Star quoted a security source as saying.

There were no injuries in the attacks, according to the report, but a rocket did cause a fire to break out near the town of Sireen al-Fawqa.

The Daily Star quoted Lebanese state media as reporting that four Syrians had been arrested in connection with the rocket attacks.

In addition to the rocket attacks, a Shi'ite shrine in the Bekaa Valley was also shot at and damaged by armed gunmen on Saturday, the Daily Star reported.

The hostilities came as Lebanon has been increasingly pulled into Syria's civil war with several thousand Hezbollah operatives from the country backing Syrian President Bashar Assad's fight against opposition forces.

On Sunday, two rockets hit a Shi'te Muslim district of southern Beirut, wounding several people.

It was the first attack to apparently target Hezbollah's stronghold in the south of the Lebanese capital since the outbreak of the two-year conflict in neighboring Syria, which has sharply heightened Lebanon's own sectarian tensions.

Sunday's rocket strikes came hours after Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said his fighters were committed to backing Assad in Syria's conflict whatever the cost.

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