BEIRUT: Two people, including an 8-year-old boy, were killed Saturday and 10 were wounded in north Lebanon as a result of separate attacks from the Syrian side of the border with the country, security sources told The Daily Star.
Between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. in the northern area of Wadi Khaled, heavy shelling from the Syrian side of the border claimed the life of one Lebanese citizen and wounded five others.
Nadia al-Ouwaishi, 19, was killed in Al-Mahatta neighborhood of Akkar, north Lebanon, when shells from the Syrian side of the border targeted several houses in the area.
Two Lebanese children – Ahmad Mikhal and Mustafa Mikhal – were among the wounded.
Over 20 shells fell during the attack, the sources said, adding that the bombardment came after a heavy exchange of gunfire along the border.
In the village of Al-Awaada, two daughters of Berri Shahadeh were also wounded when their house was bombed.
Abir Ali al-Mikhal, from the village of Al-Kalkhat, suffered shrapnel wounds when over seven shells struck homes in the area. Her son Moumen was also wounded.
A mortal bomb also fell near the Rajm Isah mosque, the sources said.
Tensions ran high in Wadi Khaled as a result of the bombardment, with many residents fleeing their homes away from the border with Syria.
The Lebanese Army said it had bolstered its presence as a result of the incident.
“At around 3 a.m. and as a result of armed clashes inside Syrian territories near the [Lebansee] town of Amayer in Wadi Khaled, several shells fell on the said town which led to the killing of one female citizen and wounded three others who were transported to Our Lady of Peace Hospital in Qobeiyat the army presence in the area was bolstered,” it said in a statement.
The army said it was taking the necessary measures on the ground to remedy the “breaches of the Lebanese-Syrian border, whichever side these come from, through the appropriate means.”
During a separate incident at around 11 a.m. in the village of Al-Hishah, Wadi Khaled, an 8-year-old boy and five of his relatives were wounded as a result of a rocket attack from Syria.
The boy, who has yet to be identified, was killed in the attack on the village of al-Hishah, Wadi Khaled.
His father, Nadim al-Hammoud, and two of his siblings were also wounded.
Two children belonging to Hammoud's sister were also wounded in the attack.
The nationalities of the six have yet to be identified.
They were taken to Our Lady of Peace Hospital in Qobeiyat, Akkar.
Sources said Hammoud was in serious condition and medical experts are considering transporting him to Beirut for treatment.
President Michel Sleiman expressed sorrow over the casualties in Wadi Khaled and contacted the relevant authorities for an update on the results of investigations, his office said in a statement.
“[He] urged that the necessary steps be taken to prevent the loss of civilian life ... because the safety of citizens is a priority for officials,” the statement said.