2 rockets hit Hezbollah strongholds in Lebanon
One rocket struck a car dealership in the Mar Mikhael district on the southern edge of the capital, wounding four Syrian workers, according to Lebanese security officials.
After the attack, part of the rocket’s main body was left embedded in the ground, where a Lebanese soldier measured its diameter. Two cars were badly damaged and others had windows shattered by shrapnel.
Another rocket hit the second floor of an apartment building in the Chiyah district, about a mile away. It damaged a living room, but no one was hurt.
Lebanese media said security forces were searching for a third unexploded rocket.
A security official said rocket launchers were found in the woods in a predominantly Christian and Druse area in suburbs southeast of Beirut. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.
Earlier this week, a rebel commander threatened to strike Beirut’s southern suburbs in retaliation for Hezbollah‘s involvement in Syria. The threat was made in a video showing Col. Abdul-Jabbar al-Aqidi, commander of the Syrian rebels’ Military Council in Aleppo, while apparently en route to Qusair.
“We will strike at your strongholds in Dahiyeh,” he says, using the Lebanese name for Hezbollah‘s power center in south Beirut. The video was still posted online on YouTube on Sunday.
“They want to throw Lebanon backward into the traps of civil wars that we left behind,” he told reporters. “We will not go backward.”
Lebanese Sunnis sympathetic to the Syrian opposition have also been fighting in Syria alongside the rebels. Mr. Nasrallah urged both sides to fight for their side in Syria “and leave Lebanon out of it.”
The fighting next door repeatedly has spilled over the border. For the past week, Mr. Assad’s opponents and supporters have been clashing in the Lebanese port city of Tripoli, using mortars, grenades and machine guns to attack densely populated areas.
• Associated Press writer Sinan Salah in Baghdad contributed to this article.