TV: Palestinian group says no casualties in Israeli strike

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A Palestinian militant group in Lebanon said one of its bases south of Beirut was hit by an Israeli rocket on Friday, they added that it caused no injuries or significant damage, Reuters reported Lebanon’s Al-Manar Television as saying.

The station quoted a spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command as saying the group’s base in the area of Na’ameh was attacked.

The spokesman said the PFLP-GC was surprised it was targeted because the earlier rocket fire was claimed by the Abdullah Azzam Brigades -- an al-Qaeda-linked group which had claimed similar rocket fire on Israel in 2009 and 2011.

Hours after the militants fired four rockets on Israel from Lebanon Thursday, the Jewish state’s air forces carried out an attack against them.

“The IAF (Israeli air force) targeted a terror site located between Beirut and Sidon in response to a barrage of four rockets launched at northern Israel yesterday,” Agence France-Presse quoted a statement from the army as saying.

“The pilots reported direct hits to the target.”

According to Israeli defense sources, the attack took place near Na’ameh.

On Thursday, two of four rockets fired from Lebanon had hit populated areas, causing damage but no injuries.

The Israeli army repeated its warning on Friday, saying it “holds the Lebanese government accountable for the attack.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed retaliation when he said that “anyone who harms us, or tries to harm us, should know -- we will strike them.”

Lebanese President Michel Sleiman also denounced the Thursday rocket fire. He said it was a violation of U.N. resolutions and of Lebanese sovereignty and urged security forces to hunt the gunmen and bring them to justice.


(With Reuters and AFP)

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