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Tunnels linking Lebanese-Syrian border towns: source

Syrians cross into Lebanon through the Syrian-Lebanese border checkpoint in the eastern village of Masharih al-Qaa, Lebanon, Thursday, March 22, 2012. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)

BEKAA/BEIRUT, Lebanon: The Syrian army discovered underground tunnels linking Syrian and Lebanese border towns, a security source told The Daily Star Wednesday.

“The Syrian army discovered tunnels linking the Syrian town of Jousiyeh to the Lebanese border town of Masharih al-Qaa,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

According to the source, regime forces discovered the tunnels in Jousiyeh after they tightened their grip on the town following a long battle with rebels.

“The regime forces were able to seize about 75 percent of the town,” said the source.

Separately, security sources told The Daily Star that four Syrians were admitted Thursday to a local hospital in Lebanon’s Baalbek, after being severely wounded in clashes between regime forces and rebels.

The sources said that the Syrians were in their military clothing, but did not identify if they were soldiers in the regime forces or members of the Free Syrian Army.

They added that the wounded were transferred to Dar Al Amal hospital in Dawras, Baalbek, through Masharih al-Qaa border area.

The four men were identified as Mahmoud Hussein Amer, Mohammad Abdelbari al-Masri, Kamal Nemer Abu Hamoud and Mahmoud Amer.





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