File - President Michel Sleiman speaks during a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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President Michel Sleiman urged the country's military and security officials Sunday to take measures to protect Lebanese towns and villages near the border with Syria from rocket attacks.The president's remarks come two days after a volley of rockets fired from Syrian territory killed eight people, including six children, in the northeastern Lebanese town of Arsal.The attack on Arsal came one day after a suspected suicide car bomb killed five people in the Bekaa Valley town of Hermel, a Hezbollah stronghold, in an incident directly linked to the party's military intervention in Syria. Hezbollah has strongly denied the charge, while the Lebanese Army said the rockets were fired from Syria.
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