Israel air strikes hit Lebanon-Syria border

P-2 (645 x 430)BEIRUT: Israeli aircraft carried out two airstrikes Monday near the Lebanese-Syrian border, Lebanon’s state news agency said. There was no immediate confirmation from Lebanese security officials, and the Israeli military declined comment, reports UNB.
Lebanon’s National News Agency said the air raids took place near Nabi Sheet, a remote village in the eastern Bekaa Valley. The agency did not say what was targeted in the attack.
The porous border is frequently used by fighters and smugglers to move people and weapons between Lebanon and Syria. The Lebanese Shiite militant Hezbollah group, a close ally of Syria and a bitter enemy of Israel, also has a strong presence in the Bekaa area.
A Lebanese army spokesman said he had no indication of any airstrikes in the area, but that authorities were investigating the reports.
Residents in Nabi Sheet reported hearing several explosions late Monday, but the nature of the blasts was unclear.
Jaafar al-Musawi, head of Nabi Sheet Municipality, told Lebanon’s Al-Jadeed TV there was no airstrike on the town. “We heard warplanes followed by explosions, it could be along the border with Syria,” he said.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activist group said Israeli warplanes bombed a rocket launcher for Hezbollah fighters near the villages of Janta and Yahfoufa along the border. It was not known if the strikes hit inside Lebanese or Syrian territory, the Observatory added.


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