Israeli Warplanes Attack Eastern Lebanon

Already Under Siege From Syria Rebels, Bekaa Valley Hit by Israel

Israeli warplanes launched two separate bombing runs against the Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon today, destroying a Hezbollah base in the area and causing an as-yet-unknown number of casualties.

The attacks hit the outskirts of the village of Nabi Sheet, and reports claim they targeted a “qualitative weapons shipment” bound for Hezbollah. The base destroyed was a training base for Hezbollah, and proximity to the border fueled speculation of it being a weapons smuggling point.

The Shi’ite villages in the Bekaa Valley have recently been under regular attack by Syrian rebel factions associated with al-Qaeda, who treat any Shi’ite villages as “Hezbollah strongholds.” The villagers now have to worry about Israel attacking them as well.

Israeli officials refused to confirm the attack, as usual, but did say that they believe there are “efforts to move serious weaponry from Syria to Lebanon” recently.

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