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Minister warns Syrian gunmen entering Lebanon

MP Bahia Hariri, right, receives Minister Rashid Derbas in Majdalyoun, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. (The Daily Star/Stringer)

BEIRUT: Syrian fighters managed to enter Lebanon following the fall of their stronghold in the Qalamoun region, Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas warned Tuesday.

"After every battle in Syria, the number of refugees to Lebanon rises, and after the battle of Yabroud [in the Qalamoun region], gunmen also entered," Derbas told reporters after meeting MP Bahia Hariri.

Derbas warned that the situation could not be allowed to continue and urged both the Arab world and international community to shoulder their responsibilities on the matter.

“We cannot leave things in a haphazard manner,” he stressed from Hariri's headquarters in Majdalyoun, near the southern port city of Sidon.

Syrian regime forces, backed by Hezbollah fighters, seized control of the border town of Yabroud in Syria’s Qalamoun region Sunday, dealing the opposition a heavy blow.





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