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Syrian planes strike border area

A general view of Arsal, northeastern Bekaa, Monday, June 18, 2012. (The Daily Star/Rakan al-Fakih)

BAALBEK, Lebanon: Syrian warplanes dropped rockets on territory near Lebanon’s northeastern border for the second consecutive day Friday, high-ranking security sources told The Daily Star. The rockets fell near the 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.

But Mohammad Hojeiry, the mukhtar of Arsal, said rockets also fell on Lebanese territory.

Speaking to The Daily Star, he said that a Syrian fighter jet and a helicopter dropped three rockets on Jabal Halima in Khirbet Daoud, which shares a 50 kilometers border with Syria.

He said warplanes had been flying over the area since the rebel Free Syrian Army took control of a regime army base several days ago.

Residents of Arsal are generally supportive of the 18-month uprising against Assad.

Syrian warplanes struck targets in the same area Thursday and an army unit blew up a vacant house on the border with Lebanon near the eastern area of Masharih al-Qaa.

The house belongs to Mohammad Aqeel al-Radi.

On Sept. 17, two Syrian warplanes bombed farm fields in Arsal, including those in Khirbet Daoud. The weapons caused no casualties but farmhouses were damaged. That was the first airstrike targeting Lebanese territory since the uprising in Syria began in March 2011.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on September 29, 2012, on page 2.




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