'Marwan Hadid Brigades' Claims Responsibility for Weekend Hermel Rocket Attacks

The “Marwan Hadid Brigades” claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the firing of rockets in the Bekaa region on Sunday, reported LBCI television.

The previously unknown group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement and video aired on Youtube.

On Monday, President Michel Suleiman expressed his “grave concern” with the shelling that took place in Hermel, tasking the Army Command with “determining the location from where they were fired in order to tackle the situation with the appropriate means.”

Five rockets landed in and around 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 repeated violations prompted Suleiman in June to file a memorandum to the United Nations and Arab League.

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