Suleiman: Israel may be behind Katyusha attack

Suleiman Israel may hav

October 29, 2009 09:50
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Tuesday's Tuesday's Katyusha rocket attack on Kiryat Shmona was in Israel's interests, and an Israeli agent may have launched the projectile, Lebanese President Michel Suleiman claimed in an interview published Thursday. Speaking to the Lebanese Arab-language newspaper Al-Akhbar, Suleiman stressed that one "must not rule out" the possibility that Israel was behind the attack. On Tuesday night, a Katyusha fired from the Mount Dov (Shaba Farms) area slammed into a field not far from Kiryat Shmona, causing a fire but no casualties. The IDF immediately shelled the Lebanese territory from which the projectile was launched, using several rounds of artillery. Suleiman slammed Israel's response, saying it had used the rocket fire as an excuse "to continue its violation of Lebanese sovereignty." On Wednesday, however, senior Christian Lebanese politician Samir Geagea, of Beirut's March 14 coalition, asserted that the Lebanese government was responsible for the attack and called on officials to apprehend the perpetrators. Geagea stated that the firing of rockets did not serve the interests of the Lebanese people, defining it as "a crime against the residents of Lebanon." He also accused Hizbullah of fostering paramilitary activity in the southern part of the country. He added that if 25,000 Lebanese army and UNIFIL troops did not know who had fired the rockets, there was obviously a problem. Following the rocket attack, a joint force of Lebanese Armed Forces and UNIFIL troops discovered four more Katyushas in southern Lebanon, a Lebanese news agency reported. A Lebanese official said the short-range rockets had been discovered in a building under construction in the Houla area, adding that three of the four rockets had been set up on the building's veranda, ready to be fired. The troops dismantled the rockets and began an investigation of the incident.

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