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Syrian army shells Bekaa border village

BAALBEK, Lebanon: The Syrian army and Hezbollah bombarded the Lebanese village Tfeil Saturday, due to battles raging in close proximity to the village in the Qalamoun mountain range in Syria, damaging an old mosque and residents’ houses.

Many people were reported wounded, some of whom are in critical condition, according to a Daily Star correspondent in the region.

The village’s residents called on the Lebanese authorities and Army to intervene as soon as possible to put an end to the shelling, and to transport the wounded victims to hospitals.

Tfeil, the border Bekaa village, is poorly connected to the rest of the Lebanese state. A lack of roads linking it to Baalbek has left the village dealing primarily with the Syrian state and market, despite being inside Lebanese territory. Both former Prime Minister Najib Mikati and current Prime Minister Tammam Salam have pledged to build roads to link the village with the rest of Lebanon but so far no projects have been undertaken.

After the civil war began in Syria the borders were closed, leaving Tfeil essentially under siege conditions.

Similar incidents have occurred in the past two years, and many residents of Tfeil have lost their lives due to bombs and missiles coming from Syria.

 

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