Attack Targeted Palestinian Group's Base
One day after rockets were fired in the direction of Israel from a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon, Israeli warplanes violated Lebanese air space and attacked a base near Beirut belonging to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC).
Lebanese officials said the strike caused no material damage and didn’t kill anybody, but they intend to file a complaint over the violation of their airspace and the strike with the UN Security Council.
Israel painted the attack as retaliation for the one the day before, though oddly the PFLP-GC doesn’t appear to have had anything to do with that one, with an al-Qaeda linked group called the Abdullah Azzam Brigades claiming credit for it. The Azzam Brigades have a history of targeting Israel.
The PFLP-GC is a group with close ties to Syria’s Assad government, and controlled the major Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus. After rebels attacked the camp, many of its supporters have fled into Lebanon.
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