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The Abdullah Azzam Brigades said the killing of civilians in its Feb. 19 suicide attack at the Iranian Cultural Center in Beirut was due to an error. The group also said that its Marwan Hadid Brigades carried out a rocket attack jointly with the Al Nusrah Front in Lebanon in the Hermel area; it is the third joint attack claimed by the two groups. Gunmen in Sidon fired at security forces who were trying to arrest wanted members of the Hezbollah Resistance Brigades. Two rockets landed near a Hermel hospital and three hit in al-Qaa village. Shells from Syria landed in several towns in the Akkar area. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham claimed yesterday that it fired rockets into al-Labweh and al-Nabi Othman in the Bekaa valley. A kidnapped Bekaa valley boy was freed.
Hezbollah has reportedly set up a small military airport in Baalbek in the Bekaa valley, from which it is operating Iranian-made Mirsad-1 and Mirsad-2 drones. Russia said it would maintain its "military-technical" cooperation with Lebanese security forces and called on the international community to help create a "barrier" against those who would rekindle sectarian strife. Some Beirut hotels have begun informing security forces about the presence of suspected criminal occupants. A Syrian missile landed near Arsal.
Three rockets were fired into the Bekaa valley village of Nabi Shayth, a Hezbollah stronghold; the Al Nusrah Front in Lebanon claimed the attack as revenge for Hezbollah's actions in Syria and threatened "unique operations" against it in the future. Syrian jets dropped bombs near an army checkpoint in Arsal. A suspected arsonist started a fire that destroyed much of a Sidon mosque. Tensions rose on Lebanon's southern border after Israeli airstrikes killed two Hezbollah fighters near Israel's border with Syria in the Golan Heights.
A Lebanese Army source denied reports that security forces were planning to limit access to south Beirut to seven entry points in order to prevent car bombings. In an attack claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, two rockets landed in Labweh in the Bekaa valley. Syrian jets fired five missiles at two targets in Arsal.
The Al Nusrah Front launched 12 rockets from Syria into an area near the Baalbek villages of Brital and Hor Taala. Syrian jets fired 12 missiles into the outskirts of Arsal. The army released a photo of a "dangerous wanted" man linked to recent suicide bombings in Lebanon. During a raid near the Beddawi Palestinian refugee camp, the military detained several suspects wanted for attacks on security forces.
Security for Speaker Nahbi Berri was stepped up after reports that senior Abdullah Azzam Brigades commander Sheikh Sirajeddine Zreiqat had tasked Mahmoud Abu Alfa, another Brigades member, with planning a suicide attack on Berri's residence. Fears of imminent suicide attacks caused the closure of two centers in Beirut where gas canisters are filled. President Sleiman said recent rocket attacks from Syria in Lebanese border towns are attempts to draw Lebanon into the Syrian conflict, and urged all Syrian factions to refrain from targeting Lebanon.
Seven rockets fired from Syria hit the Hezbollah-dominated town of Bital; the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham claimed to have fired three of them. Syrian military rockets hit near Arsal, killing a boy and a young woman and wounding five others. Salafist leaders in Tripoli are fearing a crackdown by Lebanese authorities after recent arrests and the reported involvement of Sheikh Husam al-Sabbagh, a suspected al Qaeda member, in suicide car bombings in Lebanon. The army identified the suspected terror financier arrested last week as Omar Juenieh a.k.a. Omar al-Homsi, the director of an Islamic charity that aids Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Indictments were issued for 57 people on charges including murder for their roles during clashes in Abra in July 2013; among those indicted are Salafist Sheikh Ahmad Assir and former pop singer Fadl Shaker, who remain at large.
Security forces in Arsal arrested a senior Al Nusrah Front commander, Syrian national Nidal Sweidan, who is linked to terrorist attacks in east Lebanon. Security forces also arrested a man suspected of funding Naim Abbas, a Palestinian accused of involvement in bombings in southern Beirut and membership in both the Al Nusrah Front in Lebanon and the Abdullah Azzam Brigades. Hezbollah vowed to retaliate against Israel for a recent airstrike in Hezbollah territory near the Syrian border. Hezbollah is planning to eliminate Syrian rebel bases in the eastern border area and then advance on Yabroud. Hamas has reportedly provided Iranian reconnaissance aircraft to fundamentalist groups in Lebanon. In Tripoli, gunmen shot two Alawite men, and three people were wounded in a clash after a stun grenade was thrown into an army checkpoint.
An Israeli airstrike near the Syrian border on two Hezbollah trucks carrying missiles and a launcher to the group's warehouses in Lebanon killed four Hezbollah fighters. The army released a photo of the suspected suicide bomber in an attack in Hermel on Feb. 22 that has been claimed by the Al Nusrah Front in Lebanon.
The Al Nusrah Front in Lebanon warned Lebanese military forces to stay out of the group's conflict with Hezbollah. A military prosecutor filed charges against 21 people accused of membership in a network of al Qaeda-linked groups; only four of the 21 have been detained. Israeli warplanes hit a target in eastern Lebanon near the Syrian border.