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Syrian militants, Hezbollah clash near border

A general view of Brital, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. (The Daily Star/Rakan al-Fakih)

HERMEL, Lebanon: Syrian militants clashed with Hezbollah fighters on the border with Lebanon Saturday, a security source told The Daily Star.

The clashes erupted on the outskirts of Brital, east Lebanon, in the Ain al-Bnayyeh village along the porous border.

Hezbollah and Syrian fighters have clashed in the area on several occasions, said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The National News Agency said the fighters were trying to sneak into Lebanon.

The shadowy group Liwaa Ahrar al-Sunna said on its Twitter feed that members of the radical group engaged in clashes with Hezbollah on the outskirts of Brital.

The group has also claimed Friday it had "captured" three Hezbollah members near Baalbek, and has claimed an ambush against Army soldiers as well as several rockets on Shiite areas associated with Hezbollah.

 

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