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MONDAY, 21 APR 2014
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Sleiman follows up on Arsal situation
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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BEIRUT: President Michel Sleiman followed up Tuesday on the details of the Syrian violation of Lebanon’s airspace in Arsal and called for keeping up efforts to control the situation at the border.

Sleiman contacted caretaker Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn and Army Commander Maj. Gen. Jean Kahwagi over the incident and asked the military leadership “to maintain efforts for controlling the situation at the border in accordance with the state laws and general policy.”

The Lebanese Army fired anti-aircraft batteries on a Syrian warplane after it flew over a military center in the northeastern town of Arsal.

The center is used to distribute aid to Syrian refugees.

Syrian aerial gunships responded minutes later and fired four missiles meters away from the army center. No casualties or damage were reported.

This is the first time Lebanon responds to Syrian violations since the uprising broke out in the neighboring country nearly three years ago.

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