Rockets Land Near Lebanese Presidential Palace: No Injuries Reported

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Reuters
Two rockets landed in an area east of Beirut late on Thursday close to a military compound and Lebanon's presidential palace, security sources said.

Lebanese Army soldiers inspect the site of a roadside bomb in the Bekaa valley near the Lebanese-Syrian border

Two rockets landed in an area east of Beirut late on Thursday close to a military compound and Lebanon's presidential palace, security sources said.

No one was hurt in the incident but it marked the second time in two months that rockets have been fired in the area, amid heightened sectarian tension in Lebanon over the civil war in neighbouring Syria.

Sunni Muslims in Lebanon mostly support the Syrian rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad, from Syria's Alawite minority which is an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam.

Fighters from Lebanon's Shi'ite Muslim guerrilla group Hezbollah have fought inside Syria in support of Assad's forces against the rebels.

The violence has also spilled over into Lebanon, with deadly clashes in the coastal cities of Tripoli and Sidon and rocket attacks by suspected Syrian rebels on Shi'ite towns in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.

The sources said one of the rockets fired on Thursday landed in a swimming pool in a private residence and the other landed next to a military training college.