Lebanon News

Syrian missile strikes near Arsal

File - Lebanese soldiers check the site of a Syrian missile strike in Arsal, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. (The Daily Star/Stringer)

BAALBEK, Lebanon: A Syrian warplane fired one missile into the outskirts of the northeastern Lebanese border town of Arsal for the second day in a row Thursday, a security source told The Daily Star.

The source said the missile landed in a remote area on Arsal’s edge. No casualties were reported.

On Wednesday, Syria launched a series of airstrikes targeting remote areas in the Bekaa Valley border town of Arsal. The airstrikes on Ras al-Sirj and Iqbit al-Mbaida, located along Arsal’s outskirts, did not cause any casualties, security sources had said.

The mountainous region around Arsal has long been used as smuggling route to arm Syrian rebels and transport fighters across the border.

Syrian airstrikes have intensified since President Bashar Assad’s forces launched a military campaign to seize the rebel-held Syrian town of Yabroud, which is close to Arsal.

Yabroud is considered a major rebel supply hub, leading to Arsal in northeastern Lebanon where the majority of the population supports the opposition.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 07, 2014, on page 4.




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