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Lebanon fires on Syrian aircraft over airspace breach
File photo of Lebanese soldiers searching civilians at a checkpoint at the entrance of Arsal. AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
File photo of Lebanese soldiers searching civilians at a checkpoint at the entrance of Arsal. AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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HERMEL/BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army fired Monday on a Syrian warplane over the northeast border town of Arsal, in a rare military response to Syrian violation of Lebanese airspace.

A military source said soldiers, with standing orders to respond to any violation to Lebanese airspace, fired anti-aircraft batteries on the Syrian air gunship after it flew over a Lebanese Army center in the Wadi Hmayyed area of Arsal.

The center is used for the distribution of aid to Syrian refugees.

The plane promptly vacated the area after the Lebanese Army action, the source said.

Minutes later, two Syrian air gunships fired four air-to-ground rockets at Khirbit Daoud on the fringes of Arsal, the source added.

There were no reports of casualties from the air strike that occurred around noon.

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