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Lebanon army finds rockets near Israel

2011-12-19 20:36

Hasbaya - The Lebanese army on Monday said it had uncovered four Katyusha rockets in an olive grove near the volatile border with Israel.

The rockets, each hidden inside disused plastic water pipes placed under a thin layer of dirt, were found by a farmer on the outskirts of the south-eastern border village of Majidiyeh, located near the disputed Shebaa Farms.

The farmer alerted authorities after stumbling on the weapons, officials said.

The discovery comes amid high tension in southern Lebanon following a number of security incidents in recent weeks, including a rocket attack on Israel and a roadside bombing that injured five French soldiers serving with the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon.

The Shebaa Farms, a mountainous sliver of land rich in water resources, is located at the junction of southeast Lebanon, southwest Syria and northern Israel.

The area has been occupied by Israel since the 1967 Middle East war and caught in a tug-of-war over ownership ever since.