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Elderly Lebanese killed by Syrian gunfire from across border

FILE - People flee the area of Joura after Syrian troops fired into the eastern village of Masharih al-Qaa, Lebanon, Tuesday, March 27, 2012. (The Daily Star/Rakan al-Fakih)

BAALBEK, Lebanon: A 70-year-old Lebanese woman was killed in the village of Joura in east Lebanon Wednesday by Syrian army gunfire from across the border, the latest in a string of cross-border incidents that have wounded or killed Lebanese citizens.

Security sources, speaking to The Daily Star on condition of anonymity, said Halimah Krunbi had been shot in the head as she sat outside the village’s mosque in the border region. The gunfire came from a Syrian army post located around 700 meters away from the border. A funeral was held for Krunbi in Joura.

Meanwhile, in the Bekaa border village of Arsal, locals announced Wednesday that Sheikh Nader Ahmad Ammoun, a Lebanese man from the village, had been killed and two of his children wounded earlier this week when a Syrian army shell landed on their house in the Syrian village of Josieh, 3 kilometers from the border.

Separately, the Lebanese Red Cross transferred to area hospitals Wednesday night six wounded Syrians who were just inside the border in north Lebanon.

Last month, Lebanese television cameraman Ali Shaaban was killed by Syrian gunfire from across the frontier while on assignment in the Wadi Khaled border area, north Lebanon.

A Lebanese skier who had been on the Lebanese side of Mount Hermon was wounded on April 30 by gunfire from Syrian troops.

At least 9,000 people have been killed in Syria since the outbreak of protests against the regime of President Bashar Assad began in March of last year.

The U.N. reports that 24,000 Syrians have fled into Lebanon.

Syrian troops have also frequently fired shells into Lebanese border towns in recent months, and local residents say that Syrian forces sometimes cross the border to hunt down rebel fighters.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 10, 2012, on page 1.

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