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Shells from Syria fall inside north Lebanon

The Syrian-Lebanese border checkpoint is seen in the eastern village of Masharih al-Qaa, Lebanon, Friday, Oct. 21, 2011. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)

BEIRUT: At least two shells fired from Syria fell into Lebanese territories near the Nahr al-Kabir River in Akkar Wednesday evening, said several media reports.

According to the reports, the shells were fired from the Syrian Halat region during fierce clashes between the Syrian army and opposition rebels.

The reports also said that the shells did not cause damage or injuries when they fell in an area between the river and the town of Dababiyeh.

Dozens of Lebanese have been wounded from Syrian shelling of border towns in the past several months as the battle between the Free Syrian Army and the regime has spread throughout Syria.

Last month, at least 25 shells fired by the Syrian army struck the mainly Christian Lebanese village of Menjez, causing hundreds of residents to flee their homes.

The spillover of Syrian unrest into Lebanese border villages and towns has strained already shaky relations between Beirut and Damascus. Both President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister Najib Mikati have condemned the shelling and have called on Damascus to stop violating Lebanon’s sovereignty.

The March 14 coalition submitted a memo this week to Sleiman calling for the deployment of the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon on the country’s northern border with Syria.

UNIFIL has said that such a deployment would require a new mandate and an agreement between the Lebanese government and the U.N. Security Council. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on October 25, 2012, on page 4.




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