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Army: Nine rockets hit Lebanon near Syria border

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Nine rockets crashed into an eastern region of Lebanon near the border with war-ravaged Syria on Tuesday, injuring three people and causing damage, the Lebanese army said.

The army gave no details on where the rockets were launched from, but a security source earlier told AFP that at least seven were fired into Lebanon from Syria.

“Nine rockets fell in the town of Hermel on Tuesday, wounding three people, damaging property and starting fires in agricultural fields,” the army said in a statement.

The military said investigations into the source of the rocket fire were ongoing.

Earlier, a security source told AFP seven rockets launched from Syria landed in the Hermel region, a bastion of the Shiite group Hezbollah near the Syrian border.

The incident was the latest in a series of cross-border rocket attacks on Shiite areas of Lebanon.

Such attacks have escalated ever since Syrian troops backed by fighters from Hezbollah, a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, retook the central Syrian town of Qusayr last week.

Beirut has officially maintained a policy of neutrality in Syria’s 27-month conflict, but the powerful Hezbollah has played a crucial role in the fighting in Syria.

Lebanon is sharply divided along sectarian lines, which have been emphasized by the conflict in Syria.

The Sunni-led March 14 opposition supports the revolt against Assad, which is dominated by Sunnis, while Hezbollah and its allies back Assad's forces.

Meanwhile, security sources said the body of a Sunni man from the nearby town of Arsal was found in a car in Hermel.

It was unclear who was responsible for the death of the man, who was found shot twice in the head.

Arsal is a Sunni town, whose residents largely back the uprising in Syria.