BEIRUT: Recent attacks by Syrian rebels on the Lebanese border area of Hermel are part of a U.S. conspiracy, Baalbek-Hermel MPs said Friday.
“The shelling by armed groups which targeted Lebanese villages near the border with Syria, leaving several civilians killed and wounded, is considered a U.S. conspiracy which benefits Israel’s aim of destroying Lebanon,” the lawmakers said in a statement following a meeting in Beirut.
“These serious acts of aggression against our people in Hermel are part of a planned strategy that aims at bringing more destruction and more bloodshed,” they added.
The MPs called on Hermel residents and “wise men” in Syria to be vigilant when dealing with the conspiracy “in order to prevent clashes from spreading.”
Residents of Hawsh al-Sayyed Ali, a village in Hermel, buried Abbas Hussein Khaireddine, who was killed by rockets fired by Syrian rebels last weekend.Ali Hasan Qataya was also killed when rockets hit the village of al-Qasr.
A rocket also landed in the Hermel district of Sahleit al-Mai Monday, but left no casualties.
Syrian rebels said the attacks were aimed at Hezbollah.
The Lebanese government said it would file a complaint with the Arab League to protest the Syrian border violations.
Hawsh al-Sayyed Ali and al-Qasr are predominantly Shiite villages situated across the border from Syrian towns that are also inhabited by Lebanese Shiites.
Hezbollah says it is helping to defend the Lebanese who reside in the Syrian villages against rebel attacks, while the Syrian opposition argues that Hezbollah is actually fighting alongside President Bashar Assad’s troops.
The Syrian army attacked an area close to the border town of Arsal in the Bekaa Valley last week. Similar violations have been made by regime troops ever since the uprising began in March 2011.