Al-Qaida-linked groups claim responsibility for rocket attacks in east Lebanon

Source:Xinhua Published: 2014-1-26 9:23:51

The al-Nusra Front in Lebanon and the Marwan al-Hadidi Brigades claimed responsibility Saturday for rocket attacks on Lebanon's east Bekaa city of Hermel.

The statement was made by the two extremist groups on their Twitter accounts.

Seven rockets fired from Lebanon's eastern mountain range hit Hermel, the National News Agency reported on Saturday.

The incident comes a day after four rockets hit the area and caused no casualties but material damage.

Marwan al-Hadid Brigades is linked to Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an al-Qaida-affiliate that claimed responsibility for the twin suicide bombings against the Iranian embassy in Beirut which killed 25 people and injured more than 70 others.

Syrian rebel fighters have claimed responsibility for firing many rockets that recently landed in Hermel.

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman has repeatedly called for " all necessary procedures to protect citizens and Lebanese towns and prevent any attack against them."

Posted in: Mid-East

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