– 8 KATYUSHA ROCKETS DEFUSED IN LEBANON
The Lebanese army, on Thursday 12/25/2008 night, discovered and defused eight Katyusha rockets that had been placed near the southern town of Nakoura and were about to be fired at Israel.
The 107-millimeter projectiles were fitted with timers and were defused “a short while before the time set for their launching,” according to the Lebanese news site Naharnet. Voice of Lebanon radio specified that the rockets were set to be launched between 22 and 22:30. The rockets were found in a forest along the coast in an area between the cities of Nakoura and Tyre controlled by UNIFIL and the Lebanese army.
A spokeswoman for the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) confirmed that eight rockets with rocket launchers pointed southward and located east of Nakoura were found by the Lebanese Armed Forces. UNIFIL sources confirmed that timers were attached to the rockets and that it was possible they were supposed to be launched overnight Thursday night.
“It could be anyone, Hizbullah, Palestinian terror groups or Al Qaeda”, one Israeli official said, adding that it was possible that the planned attack was connected to the escalation in the Gaza Strip.
The last time rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israel was 01/2008, when two Katyushas landed in the northern town of Shlomi. Half a year earlier, two 107mm. rockets struck Kiryat Shmona. Both attacks were attributed to Palestinian terror groups that operate in southern Lebanon and are at odds with Hizbullah (see – Shlomi 01.08.08).
Hizbullah is believed to have multiplied its rocket arsenal since the Second Lebanon War and now has close to 40,000 rockets south and north of the Litani River. The IDF claims that Hizbullah is storing many of its rockets inside villages in southern Lebanon where UNIFIL does not have independent access.
Since the region where the rockets were found is under full control of Hizbullah it is moat likely that Hizbullah hinted toward Israel that the Organization will allowed his Fellow Palestinians to ‘support’ their brothers in Gaza strip if and when Israel will launch a military operation or incursion to Gaza to stop the daily shelling of Israeli villages around Gaza Strip (see – Ashkelon-Netivot).
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