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Fresh Syrian airstrikes hit Arsal outskirts

Syrian citizens ride in the back of a truck with their belongings after fleeing Yabroud, the last rebel stronghold in Syria's mountainous Qalamoun region, as they drive towards the Lebanese-Syrian border town of Arsal in eastern Lebanon, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

HERMEL, Lebanon: Fresh Syrian airstrikes hit the outskirts of Lebanon’s border town of Arsal Thursday morning, wounding a child.

The first strike hit the area of Wadi Ajram, around five kilometers away from the border, at 9:00 a.m., security sources told The Daily Star, adding that it may have been a barrel bomb due to the size of the explosion.

Twenty minutes after the airstrike hit Wadi Ajram, two other airstrikes hit the area of Kherbet Younin on the outskirts of Arsal, the sources said.

Another four airstrikes hit Kherbet Younin at 11:45 a.m., the sources said.

The airstrikes wounded a Syrian child, shattering his elbow. He was transferred to a hospital for treatment.

The airstrikes are likely targeting rebels fleeing the Qalamoun area in Syria where the Syrian government troops have taken control, the sources said.

The outskirts of Arsal have been subject to dozens of Syrian airstrikes since the Syrian army, backed by Hezbollah, retook the rebel bastion of Yabroud in Qalamoun.

 

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