Rockets Fired from Syria Hit Bekaa's Hermel, al-Qaa

Four rockets struck the Bekaa city of Hermel on Monday after they were fired from Syrian territory, Agence France Presse quoted a security source as saying.

"Four rockets launched from inside Syrian territory hit separate areas of the town of Hermel," which lies some 10 kilometers from the border with Syria, the source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"There have been no reports of casualties," he added.

Meanwhile, state-run National News Agency said four rockets hit residential neighborhoods in Hermel after being fired from “the slopes of Lebanon's Eastern Mountain Belt, east of the town of al-Qaa” on the Lebanese-Syrian border.

Later on Monday, the Lebanese army issued a statement saying “starting 4:30 p.m., four rockets fired from the Syrian side of the border started falling on the outskirts of the city of Hermel.”

“Four other rockets also fired from Syria landed in the outskirts of the town of al-Qaa, one of them near an army post, causing material damage but no casualties,” it added.

“Army forces inspected the areas where the rockets struck to accurately identify their source and type and they also took the appropriate military measures,” the statement said.

Quoting sources, Voice of Lebanon radio station (100.5) said earlier that “the targeted area in Hermel contains heavy artillery positions used by Hizbullah during the Qusayr battles.”

“Should clashes erupt in (the Syrian area of) Qalamoun, this region (in Hermel) might be used for the same purpose,” the sources added.

Source: Agence France Presse, Naharnet

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