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Syrian artillery strikes north Lebanon; 3 killed

Strikes kill three, including two Syrian refugees, Lebanese media says; scores injured

Shells fired from across the Syrian border have killed three civilians and injured several others in northern Lebanon, Lebanese media outlets reported.


One woman was killed early Saturday when a shell hit her home in the Wadi Khalid area of northeast Lebanon, according to the Daily Star.


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The Lebanese official news agency reported that at least 20 shells exploded in villages in the region starting at 1 am, prompting residents to flee.


Also according to the report, a rocket-propelled grenade that was fired towards the area hit a Red Cross vehicle transporting Syrian refugees to a hospital. Two were killed in the strike, and two others were injured. Another RPG was later fired towards the region.


At midday on Saturday villagers reported more explosions and said they heard gunfire close to the border.


Meanwhile, Syrian media outlets reported that army forces have thwarted an infiltration effort by a terror cell on the outskirts of the village  Al Qusayr, near the Lebanon-Syria border.


Nearly 16 months of deadly violence in Syria have raised fears that the unrest will spill into Lebanon, which has extensive sectarian and political ties to its eastern neighbor.


World powers have failed to stop Syria's violence, which activists say has killed more than 14,000 people.


Activists said more than 67 were killed on Friday.


AP and Reuters contributed to the report




פרסום ראשון: 07.07.12, 13:31
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