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Syrian jets bomb area near border with Lebanon

A general view of the village of Arsal, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)

BEIRUT: Syrian warplanes bombed an area near Lebanon's northeastern border for a second consecutive day Friday, high-ranking security sources told The Daily Star.

The jets used air-to-surface missiles on the border area near the northeastern town of Arsal, which has been a target of Syrian military attacks on several occasions since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began last year.

The attack, which struck targets in Syrian territory, sent plumes of smoke into the region's skylines.

On Thursday, Syrian warplanes struck targets in the same area.

Earlier that day, a Syrian army unit blew up a vacated house on the border with Lebanon near the eastern area of Masharih al-Qaa, a Lebanese security source told The Daily Star. The house, which was empty at the time, belongs to Mohammad Aqeel al-Radi.

On Sept. 17, two Syrian warplanes bombed farm fields in Arsal, particularly those in Khirbet Daoud which shares 50 kilometers of border with Syria. The bombs caused no casualties but farm houses were damaged. That was the first airstrike targeting Lebanese territory since the uprising in Syria began 18 months ago.





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