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Syrian aircraft fire two rockets at Lebanon's Arsal

Syrian children, who fled the violence in Syria with their families, play outside a hosting home, in the northeastern town of Arsal, Monday, March 5, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: A Syrian helicopter gunship fired two rockets at the northeastern town of Arsal Tuesday, a Lebanese security source said, in the latest Syrian air raid on the border area.

The Syrian aircraft fired two rockets at Aqabat al-Mubyadah, a deserted area in the border town, said the sources, who spoke to The Daily Star on condition of anonymity. There were no reports of casualties.

This is the third attack by Syria’s air force on Arsal in two weeks.

The town borders the Syrian Qalamoun region where Hezbollah-backed Syrian regime forces have launched an offensive against rebel groups there.

The fighting in the Qalamoun has forced thousands of Syrians to flee to neighboring Lebanon, particularly Arsal, a predominantly Sunni town that backs the uprising in Syria.

 

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