Lebanon Arrests Man Allegedly Involved in Rocket Attack Against Israel

The Daily Star quotes security source as saying man helped fire two rockets from Lebanon's Arkoub region.

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Lebanese army soldiers inspecting a make-shift missile launching pad in the southern Lebanese region of Rashaya al-Fakhar on July 19, 2014. AFP

The Lebanese Army apprehended a man suspected of being involved in rocket attacks on Israel earlier in July, The Daily Star of Lebanon reported Monday.

Quoting a "security source," The Daily Star identified the man as Ziad Affara, who hails from Sidon, as being arrested on suspicion he helped Hussein Atwe fire two rockets from Lebanon's Arkoub region.

The army arrested Atwe, a member of Al-Jamaa al-Islamiya, last week. According to The Daily Star, Atwe confessed to firing rockets at Israel from village of Mari in early July. The army also arrested two Palestinians for transporting rockets to the launch site, The Daily Star added.

Militants in Lebanon have fired a number of rockets since hostilities recently escalated between Israel and Hamas, with Israel retaliating with artillery fire. A cease-fire between Hezbollah and Israel has held since the end of the Second Lebanon War in 2006.