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Rocket fire, shelling from Syria kill one in n. Lebanon

  • Smoke rises from Syrian shelling into Lebanese villages in Akkar, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. (The Daily Star/Stringer)

  • A man inspects the damage inside a house with bloodstains seen on the floor after shelling fired from Syria towards the Lebanese village of Mashta Hammoud in Akkar January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

TRIPOLI/BEIRUT: Rocket and artillery fire from Syria into northern Lebanon killed a Syrian man and wounded four Lebanese, including an Army soldier, security sources said.

They said at least 50 rockets and artillery shells launched from across the border struck the outskirts of Mashta Hammoud and several surrounding villages in the Wadi Khaled region of Akkar, in further spillover from Syria’s war.

The sources identified the fatality as 39-year-old Hisham Khaled al-Hamad, a Syrian national.

The wounded were identified as Lebanese citizens Mahmoud Ahmad Ramadan, Jamileh Ahmad Assaf and Mohammad Mansour. Lebanese Army Sgt. Zakaria al-Ali was also wounded in the artillery and rocket barrage that began at 6 a.m.

The shelling came as heavy battles raged between Syrian regime forces and rebels in the Khirbit al-Rammal town in Al-Zara region on the Syrian side of the border, the sources said.

It was the latest in a series of salvoes to hit Lebanese towns bordering Syria.

Residents of Wadi Khaled urged Lebanese officials, particularly President Michel Sleiman and Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi, to step in to halt the shelling.

Future Movement accused the Syrian regime of being behind the attack, criticizing what it said was the government’s "shameful silence" with regards to such violations.

"It is no longer acceptable for the state to abandon Akkar villages and their residents as they face the Syrian regime's terror,” the party said in a statement.

 
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