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Friday, December 26, 2008

War prevented in Lebanon?

The Lebanese army announced on Thursday night that it had found and defused seven or eight (depending which report you believe) Katyusha rockets that were aimed at Israel. According to Israeli news reports, the rockets were to have been shot tonight.
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 10 and 10:30 p.m.

Israeli defense officials said it was too early to know who was behind the planned rocket attack.

"It could be anyone, Hizbullah, Palestinian terror groups or al-Qaida," one official said, adding that it was possible that the planned attack was connected to the escalation in the Gaza Strip.

A spokeswoman for the United Nations 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.

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.

The Lebanese army was investigating the incident with the assistance of UNIFIL, spokeswoman Yasmina Bouziane told The Jerusalem Post. UNIFIL sappers were sent on location to cooperate with the army, she said.

Israeli military sources said that the IDF Northern Command was updated by UNIFIL on the discovery of the rockets.
Am I the only one who is skeptical that this may have been arranged to make UNIFIL look good?


At 3:43 AM, Blogger Undertoad said...

Ya think? Not mentioned in the story: UNIFIL's headquarters are in Nakoura.

Not a major city here, it's just a little seaside town of 2300 people. I can't recall it being the source of any mentions, never mind any rockets, in the last war.

At 10:40 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Israeli government would do nothing if Hezbollah attacked. The last thing it wants to do on the eve of the election is reminded voters it bungled the war and this summer meekly surrendered to Hezbollah.

At 5:27 AM, Blogger lilo97423 said...

It must have been a Hanukah miracle!


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