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Friday, February 6, 2009

Katyusha rockets found at South Lebanon.

Wed, 04 Feb 2009 23:19:43 GMT | PressTV

A senior Lebanese army official says five Katyusha rockets and a launch pad have been found near the country's border with Israel.

The Katyusha rockets were found by a joint patrol of the Lebanese army and the UN peacekeeping force, UNIFIL, in the Hamul Valley inland from Naqura at the southern end of the country, an army spokesman told AFP on Wednesday.

"They were not ready for firing," said the spokesman.

UNIFIL spokeswoman Yasmina Bouziane also confirmed the incident saying, "There was also a launching pad and some electric wires. UNIFIL and Lebanese Armed Forces investigation teams are on the location and the investigation is ongoing."

Tension in the region has mounted since Tel Aviv launched Operation Cast Lead against the Gaza Strip on Dec. 27.

During the three-week all out war, which killed almost 1,400 Palestinians, several rockets were fired from Lebanon at the Israeli border region for two consecutive weeks. No group had claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Israel however responded immediately by firing rockets and mortar shells into southern Lebanon.

It had also threatened the country with a massive war if such incidents recurred.

Earlier on Tuesday, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak reiterated the threats against Lebanon saying any attack from the country would have painful consequences for Lebanon.

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