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Syria warplanes bomb Lebanon border region

Lebanese soldiers advance towards Arsal, in the eastern Bekaa Valley as part of reinforcements August 5, 2014. (REUTERS/Hassan Abdallah)

BEIRUT: Syrian warplanes launched airstrikes Wednesday on a remote border Lebanese area, targeting militant hideouts, a Lebanese security source told The Daily Star.

Around 12:30 p.m., Syrian jets dropped a number of rockets on Al-Rahwe, located on the outskirts of the northeastern region of Arsal, the source said.

No casualties were reported.

The same jets also struck a border Syrian area, facing Al-Rahwe, with a number of rockets.

Al-Rahwe is known for being a rugged route used by gunmen to smuggle fighters and weapons between Lebanon and Syria.

Supported by Syrian air power, Syrian troops backed by Hezbollah fighters have been battling rebel groups, including the Nusra Front, in the Qalamoun, a mountainous region bordering Lebanon.

On Aug. 2, the Lebanese Army clashed with militants from Syria who flooded the border town from its outskirts and kidnapped dozens of Lebanese soldiers and security forces.

The clashes killed 19 soldiers and scores of gunmen who were primarily members of Nusra Front and ISIS.

 

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