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Two Syrian rockets strike Lebanon

Last modified: 23 Apr 2013 19:20

Two Syrian rockets have struck Lebanon causing damage and heightening tensions between Lebanese Shia and Sunni communities over neighbouring Syria's civil war, security officials in Beirut have said.

Tuesday's rocket attack came hours after two leading Lebanese Sunni Muslim clerics called for holy war, or jihad, against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Rockets apparently fired by Syrian rebels have hit mostly Shia areas in Lebanon several times in the past two weeks, killing at least two people and progressively reaching deeper into Lebanese territory.

Lebanon and Syria share a complex web of political and sectarian ties and rivalries that are easily inflamed. Lebanon, a country plagued by decades of strife, has been on edge since the uprising against Assad erupted in March 2011.