A general view of the eastern village of Majdal Anjar. On the other side of the mountain, the Syrian town of Zabadani is only 20 kilometers away. (The Daily Star/Elise Knusten)
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For weeks, the village din in the Bekaa Valley border town of Majdal Anjar has been piqued almost daily by the sounds of bombs exploding in Zabadani, the besieged Syrian town just a few kilometers away.If Majdal Anjar's people have watched the slings and arrows of the Syrian revolution for years, Hezbollah's offensive in Zabadani is hitting quite close to home.Geographically, Zabadani is less than 20 kilometers from Majdal Anjar.Like Mohammad, many citizens questioned whether or not the Lebanese Army would defend Majdal Anjar if the town found itself in Hezbollah's war path."We're a country ruled by Hezbollah," he bristled.Still, many said they don't believe that Majdal Anjar will become a flash-point for fighting. Aside from the proximity of the battle and concerns about violence seeping across the border, Hezbollah's ongoing offensive in Zabadani has stirred emotions in a town that feels particular kinship to the suffering Syrian people. According to deputy mayor Hammoud, Majdal Anjar is currently hosting some 22,000 Syrian refugees.
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