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Rigged cars busted on the Syria-Lebanon border

  • A tank of the pro-regime forces is seen during alleged operations to take the control of the surrounding areas of the Rankous plain in the Qalamoun region, April 13, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA)

BEIRUT: Three rigged cars, two bearing Lebanese license plates, were found near the border with Lebanon, Syria’s state TV reported Monday.

The three vehicles were discovered in Wadi al-Hussayn in the mountainous Qalamoun region of Syria.

Most of the bomb-laden cars that exploded in Lebanese areas associated with Hezbollah last year and early this year were believed to have been prepared in Qalamoun, then under the control of Syrian rebels.

Regime troops, backed by Hezbollah, drove Syrian opposition fighters from the area this spring, a development that brought explosions in Lebanon to a halt for around three months. Many rigged cars bearing Lebanese license plates were discovered by the Syrian army as it retook Qalamoun cities, particularly in Yabroud.

Rebels who stayed in rugged areas in Qalamoun have recently engaged in guerilla warfare against Syrian troops and Hezbollah fighters there.

 
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