Lebanon News

Syrian shells hit Lebanon border town

A Syrian army position is seen set on the Syrian side accross from the Lebanese eastern border village of Masharih al-Qaa, Lebanon, Friday, Oct. 21, 2011. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)

BEKAA, Lebanon: Four shells struck Lebanon's eastern border town of Masharih al-Qaa Thursday as a result of heavy clashes between Syrian government forces and rebels inside Syria, security sources said.

No damage or causalities were reported, the sources added.

Masharih al-Qaa has witnessed similar shelling incidents in the wake of the crisis in Lebanon’s neighbor. Some of the attacks have led to fatalities.

Lebanon has adopted a policy of dissociating itself from developments in Syria.

Meanwhile, around 250 Syrian families fled the violence in their home country via the border near Masharih al-Qaa.

Lebanon currently hosts some 80,000 refugees, according to the U.N.

The heavy clashes between rebel groups and Syrian regime forces have intensified in recent days along the border in the cities of Aleppo and Qusayr, where there are a heavy presence of armed opposition groups.





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