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Syrian air raids on Lebanon border wound 11

  • Lebanese Army soldiers in Arsal, the Bekaa Valley.(REUTERS/File/Hassan Abdallah)

HERMEL, Lebanon: Syrian helicopters fired several rockets into the outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal Tuesday, wounding a total of 11 people, a security source said.

A Syrian helicopter fired two rockets into a cherry field in the Wadi al-Hawa on the outskirts of Arsal, the source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Daily Star.

The morning attack wounded seven people, including Hasan al-Hujeiri, his son and his brother, as well as Syrian national Walid Hassoun, who sustained a head wound.

The Lebanese Army confirmed the rocket attack in a statement, saying Syrian helicopters fired the missiles around 11:30 a.m.

Hours later, another Syrian air raid targeted the outskirts of Arsal, wounding four people.

The National News Agency said the afternoon rockets landed in Wadi Zamrani and Ajram, targeting "armed groups along the border with Lebanon.”

The attack came days after Hezbollah members clashed near the border with Lebanon with rebel groups in a bid to root out the opposition from the Qalamoun region. The fighting took place in the border area near Baalbek and Arsal, which hosts thousands of Syrian refugees and is known for its support for the Sunni-led opposition against President Bashar Assad's regime.

Syrian plane have on multiple occasions attacked the outskirts of Arsal, leading to material damage and some casualties.

 
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