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Lebanon foils rocket attack on Israel

Nov. 20, 2012 at 6:05 AM

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The Lebanese army said it discovered two Katyusha rockets about 2 miles from the Israeli border and foiled a plot to attack Israel, Lebanese officials said.

The rockets were defused by Lebanese security forces Monday, sources told The Daily Star. The sources said every time there is a round of violence between Israel and Gaza, militants attempt to fire rockets in solidarity with Gaza.

Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, an Israeli military spokesman, said Palestinian factions in Lebanon were probably behind the rocket plot.

"It is a good thing they were stopped," he said Monday on Israel's Channel 10.

The rockets have a range of 4 miles, a source told the daily.

"An army patrol unit discovered this afternoon in the area between the village of Halta and Mari ... two 107mm Grad rockets set to launch," a statement released by the Lebanese army said.

The army is investigating the incident, the statement said.

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah lashed out at the Arab world for failing to assist resistance groups in Gaza in the fight against Israel. In a televised statement, he called on the Arab world to unite and supply arms to Gaza.

"Where are the Arabs who are sending arms to the opposition in Syria? They do not have the courage to send one bullet to Gaza. Israel is betting that the resistance in Gaza will use all the rockets in its possession ... . Arab countries should send arms to Gaza to enhance the resistance's chances in resisting the aggression rather than just act as a mediator between Israel and the Palestinians," the daily quoted Nasrallah as saying.

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