Lebanon News

Shells from Syria hit outskirts of Al-Qaa

Lebanese Army personnel keep a wary eye over the Masharih al-Qaa region. (The Daily Star/Moham Azakir)

BEIRUT: Four shells originating in Syria struck the outskirts of the Lebanese border town Al-Qaa Tuesday, in the Bekaa Valley, marking the first time the area has been subject to attack, security sources told The Daily Star.

The sources said the rockets, which fell on the foothills of Mzar al-Sayydeh, were fired in the afternoon and added that there were no reported casualties.

Al-Qaa borders the Syrian village of Jousiyeh in Al-Qusayr where regime forces and rebel groups have been engaged in a fierce battle to control the area. Hezbollah has said its fighters were helping the Lebanese of al-Qusayr defend themselves against rebel attacks.

This was the first time that shells fell on Mzar al-Sayydeh located some 1,500 meters away from Al-Qaa, a small town with an estimated 10,000 Lebanese Christian population.

The incident incited panic and fear among the local residents who voiced concern that future attacks could fall in their town's center.

The Lebanese Army apprehended two Syrians identified as Abdel-Karim and Abdel-Kafi Arafat on the outskirts of Al-Qaa after they were spotted in the deserted mountainous area following the attack, the sources said

Meanwhile, Hezbollah officials and residents of the town of Al-Msharfeh in Hermel held a funeral for Mahdi Hasan al-Hajj Hasan, a fighter who was killed carrying out his "Jihadist duties," a source close to the party said, which is how the resistance group usually describes those who die in Syria while fighting the rebel groups.





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