Lebanon says Israel fired rocket

Oct. 29, 2009 at 8:09 AM
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JERUSALEM, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Lebanese President Michel Suleiman says Israel was behind Tuesday's Katyusha rocket attack on northern Israel as it sought to violate his country's sovereignty.

In an interview with the al-Sapir newspaper Thursday, Suleiman said he believed Israel was responsible for Tuesday's attack because it wants to keep tensions high in the area, Haaretz said Thursday.

A Katyusha rocket late Tuesday was fired near the border with Israel, exploding in a field near the northern Israeli city of Kiryat Shmona and sparking a brush fire. No casualties were reported.

The Israeli Army responded by shelling the Lebanese area from where the rocket was fired.

The Lebanese Army Wednesday dismantled four rockets in the southern Lebanese village of Houla, from where Tuesday's rocket attack was launched, al-Arabiya's Web site said.

Haaretz said the rockets found by Lebanese troops were in the home of the village mayor. Israel lodged a complaint with the United Nations over the attack.

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