TYRE, Lebanon, (Reuters) – Lebanese soldiers found and defused two Katyusha rockets primed to be launched at Israel from south Lebanon on Friday, security sources said.
Unidentified gunmen fired at least three Katyusha rockets on a town in northern Israel on Tuesday, wounding three people and prompting an Israeli air strike on a Syrian-backed Palestinian guerrilla base near Beirut.
The sources said the two rockets were found at a citrus grove in the frontier town of Naquora. It was not immediately clear who had prepared the Katyushas.
Al Qaeda in Iraq has said it launched Tuesday”s strike on Israel but security sources in Israel and Lebanon questioned the claim.
South Lebanon is largely controlled by Shi”ite Muslim Hizbollah guerrillas who have sporadically clashed with Israeli forces since the Jewish state ended 22 years of occupation in 2000.
Hizbollah, backed by Syria and Iran, denied any role in this week”s attack.