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Lebanese Govt condemns rocket attack

world Updated: Jan 14, 2009 21:15 IST
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The Lebanese government on Wednesday denounced the firing of three rockets from Lebanon into Israel, saying the incident undermined national unity and gave Israel an excuse to attack the country.

"Whoever is behind this attack is targeting the national consensus and all parties represented within the government," Lebanese Information Minister Tarek Mitri told reporters after discussing the situation with Prime Minister Fuad Siniora.

"There is a consensus between the political forces in the country and Hezbollah is part of this consensus," he added. "This gives Israel an excuse to attack Lebanon.

"Someone is trying to drag Lebanon into a conflict and is moving rockets from one area to another," Mitri said.

Labour Minister and member of the Hezbollah Shiite movement Mohammed Fneish told AFP: "I don't have any information about who is behind this act.

"Our position has not changed. It is the same as the position of the government," he added.

Israel retaliated by firing artillery shells at the area from which the rockets were launched.

The incident is the second of its kind in a week. On January 8, three rockets slammed into northern Israel from inside Lebanon, lightly wounding two Israelis in an attack in which Hezbollah denied involvement.

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