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Two rockets explode near home of slain Christian couple in east Lebanon

Mourners carry the coffin of Sobhi Fakhri during his funeral in Btedaai, Nov. 18, 2014. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)

BAALBEK, Lebanon: Two rockets Monday struck an area near the home of an east Lebanon Christian couple that was murdered last year, a security source said, adding that no casualties were suffered.

The rockets left small craters in the ground near the Fakhri home in Btedaai, a tiny village which made headlines last year when members of the notorious Jaafar clan shot three members of the family.

It was unclear from where the rockets were fired, or if they were meant to target the Fakhri family. Hundreds of rockets have been fired into east Lebanon villages by Syrian rebels since the outbreak of the neighboring war, but such incidents have become rare since Hezbollah and the Syrian army captured most of the border region earlier this year.

In November, members of the Jaafar family, who were being chased by Lebanese security forces, entered the Fakhri family home demanding to use their car as a getaway vehicle.

The family refused, and the fugitives shot the couple and one of their sons. The woman died immediately, while the husband succumbed to his wounds a couple days later. Their son, Romeo, survived.

The killers remain at large.





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