No Casualties as Five Rockets Hit Hermel, al-Qaa

Five rockets landed in and around the Bekaa town of Hermel, a Hizbullah stronghold, on Sunday, a security source told Agence France Presse on condition of anonymity.

"Two rockets landed in the town of Hermel, in an area between the Mabarrat teaching association and the Masharii al-Qaa area, causing no casualties," the source said.

"Another three rockets have landed now on the outskirts of Hermel," he added.

It was not immediately clear whether the rockets were launched from inside Lebanon or from across the border in strife-torn Syria, said the source, although state-run National News Agency said they were fired from Syrian territory.

Hermel and other areas of eastern Lebanon, a bastion of Hizbullah, have been hit by several rocket attacks launched from Syria in recent months.

The latest rocket attack comes just three days after a powerful car bombing in Hizbullah's heartland in southern Beirut killed 27 people and wounded around 300 others.

The toll was the highest since a Beirut car bomb killed former prime minister Rafik Hariri and 22 others in February 2005.

"I will go myself to Syria if it is so necessary in the battle against the Takfiris (radical Sunni Muslims), Hizbullah and I will go to Syria" to fight rebels trying to oust the Damascus regime, Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a defiant speech on Friday, accusing the Takfiris of being behind the deadly blast.

Source: Agence France Presse, Naharnet

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