Rockets found near home of MP Bahia Hariri
By Mohammed Zaatari
SIDON: Seven rockets were found late Monday near the south Lebanon home of MP Bahia Hariri, sister of assassinated former Premier Rafiq Hariri, police said. After a Syrian worker informed guards at the family's Majdalyoun residence about a suspicious black plastic bag on the premises, the guards carried out an inspection, police said.
They found rockets in the bag which was on the side of a road near the villa, located east of the port city of Sidon.
Dozens of Lebanese Army and Internal Security Forces members scattered throughout the surrounding area in search of additional ordnance. Nothing was reported to have been found.
After blocking the roads leading to the villa, an army bomb disposal expert examined the rockets. He later said the Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG) were in good condition but not primed for firing. The explosives were taken to a military facility.
Sources familiar with the issue said that Hariri rarely takes the road where the rockets were found.
Hariri told reporters it was an act of "intimidation" but that it would "not force us to capitulate or to halt our action aimed at unity and understanding between all Lebanese."
Like several other anti-Syrian figures, the MP has received death threats and scaled back her movements in recent months.