Israeli airstrike targets Palestinian base in Lebanon

BEIRUT (dpa)- An Israeli warplane targeted a Palestinian base in east Lebanon close to the Syrian border in the early morning hours, a Palestinian source said Monday.
The Palestinian source, who requested anonymity, said the base targeted belongs to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), which is led by hardline Palestinian leader Ahmed Jebril.

Hezbollah-run Al Manar television said there was more than one plane, which in their pre-dawn attack fired two rockets on the PFLP-GC command base in the village of Qousaya.
Residents in the area said they heard loud explosions in the area.
The PFLP-GC is a Palestinian group with close links to the pro-Iranian Hezbollah movement and Tehran. Some of its fighters have fought alongside the Hezbollah movement in Syria since 2011.
According to the Palestinian source, the attack did not inflict any casualties.
There was no immediate statement from the Lebanese or Israeli armies.
The incident came a day after two Israeli drones went down over Beirut's southern suburbs: One fell near a Hezbollah press office, while the other exploded in the air.
Beirut's southern suburbs is a stronghold of the Lebanese Shiite Movement Hezbollah.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah vowed on Sunday that his group would retaliate against any Israeli attacks in Lebanon and Syria.
He said his movement will bring down any Israeli drones that violate the Lebanese airspace.

Monday, August 26th 2019

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