Israel raids Palestinian base south of Beirut
The Israeli Air Force raided at dawn Friday the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine- General Command (PFLP-GC) base located in the Na'ameh coastal village of Mount Lebanon, south of the Lebanese capital Beirut.
A local security source told Xinhua that the Israeli jets fired one rocket, hitting the valley adjacent to the base of the PFLP-GC headed by Ahmad Jibril, who is known for his good ties with the administration of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The rocket was heard in the region and caused a state of panic among the citizens who thought at first it was an explosion in the town.
No casualties or wounded were reported among the elements of the PFLP.
The source said the raid was a "limited response" to the firing of four rockets into Israel from the southern city of Tyre Thursday afternoon.
PFLP-GC spokesman Abou Imad Ramez Mustapha denied any link between his group and the rockets fired at Israel on Thursday, but confirmed the Israeli raid. "The raid targeted the valley and did not target the sites of PFLP," he said.
"Israel has always sought strife and aimed to incite strife between the Palestinians and the Lebanese state," Mustapha said, adding that the "General Command's choice would be the resistance in the face of the Israeli occupation," and that his front would always stand by the Lebanese state.
Earlier on Friday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed that the Israeli Air Force had bombed a target south of Beirut in the early morning in retaliation for Thursday's rocket attack.
The IDF, in a statement, said the air strike was a "precision strike that hit its target," and all of the pilots involved in the mission returned to Israel safely.