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Hundreds of Syrian families flee fighting in al-Qusair
Life for the Syrian refugees of Arsal was hard in Syria, but it has been difficult in Lebanon too.
Life for the Syrian refugees of Arsal was hard in Syria, but it has been difficult in Lebanon too.
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BEIRUT: Hundreds of Syrian families fled fierce clashes between Syrian regime forces, backed by Hezbollah, and rebel groups along border villages to settle in Lebanon.

Ahmad al-Fliti, the deputy mayor of Arsal, told The Daily Star that hundreds have fled to the northeastern region, while 200 families settled in his town.

He added that the Syrian families arrived through the Qalamoun Mountains in western Syria near the Lebanese border, and said it was the only path available near al-Qusair.

Reports emerged this week that battles in the Syrian border town of al-Qusair have intensified in recent weeks as a military source told AFP Tuesday the army expects to seize the area, a rebel stronghold, “within days.”

Hezbollah said it was helping Shiite Lebanese defend themselves against rebel attacks and described their training and arming as a moral and national duty.

Politicians and lawmakers with the March 14 coalition have said that Hezbollah’s involvement is a clear violation of the government’s policy of disassociation.

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