Israeli airstrikes near Beirut retaliate for rocket fire

Israeli airstrikes hit a “terrorist target” near Beirut in response to rocket fire, the Israeli military said.

Planes bombed the target between the Lebanese capital and Sidon on Aug. 22, the Israel Defense Forces said.

According to Lebanon’s Daily Star, the target was a base belonging to the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command. The paper said an Israeli missile landed in a valley in Naameh,  eight miles south of Beirut.

The IDF said it was retaliation for the firing of two rockets earlier that day from Lebanon into Israel. The rockets caused damage to property near Akko and Nahariya but no injuries, according to Army Radio.

Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television quoted a spokesman for the Palestinian group as saying there were no casualties or damage from Israel’s strikes. He said retaliation would come “at the right time.”

Both Hezbollah and the Palestinian group are avowed supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad in his protracted and bloody war against rebels.

Lebanese President Michel Sleiman said the launching of rockets  was a violation of Lebanon’s sovereignty and of U.N. Security Council resolution 1701, which brought an end to the Second Lebanon War in 2006. — jta