Israel raid in Lebanon targeted Palestinian group: report

BEIRUT: An Israeli air force attack in southern Lebanon on Friday targeted the position of a Palestinian group close to the Syrian regime, hours after militants fired four rockets at the Jewish state, Lebanon’s national news agency reported.

“The air force of the Israeli enemy launched a raid on a position of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP-GC) at dawn in the Naameh valley,” the agency said referring to the group headed by Ahmad Jibril and known for its support to Bashar al-Assad.

PFLP-GC spokesman Ramez Mustapha told AFP the “Israeli air force launched a shell on the Naameh valley around 4:00 am, without causing any victims or damage”.

But he denied any link between his group and rockets fired at Israel on Thursday.

An Israeli army statement earlier said its air force “targeted a terror site located between Beirut and Sidon in response to a barrage of four rockets launched at northern Israel yesterday”.

“The pilots reported direct hits to the target.”

Two of the four rockets fired from Lebanon on Thursday had hit populated areas, causing damage but no injuries.