Syria raid on Lebanese pro-revolt area: Security official

Last Updated: Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 13:49

Aleppo: Syrian helicopters fired rockets near a Lebanese border area whose residents back the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad, a security official said, in the latest incident raising new concerns of Syria-related escalation in Lebanon.

The late Friday raid was second such Syrian strike against the Sunni-majority border areas in less than a week.

"Syrian helicopters fired rockets at the Wadi Hmeid area near (the town of ) Arsal. There were no casualties," the Lebanese official said on condition of anonymity.

The attack was the latest in a series related to the escalating war in Syria, in which Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah has become fully engaged.

On Wednesday, a Syrian helicopter strafed Arsal, the majority of whose residents are Sunni and support the anti-Assad revolt in Syria.

The latest raid comes soon after the Syrian town of Qusayr was captured by the regime army and Hezbollah fighters from the rebels after nearly three-weeks of fierce fighting.

Ever since the Syrian revolt erupted in March 2011, Arsal has become a key conduit for refugees and wounded people fleeing strife-torn Syria.

Security officials say the town has also served as a passageway for fighters and arms flowing into Syria.

Syria`s civil war has exacerbated sectarian tensions in Lebanon, which is deeply divided between supporters and detractors of Assad`s regime.

Syria dominated Lebanon politically and militarily for 30 years until 2005, and continues to exercise significant influence through its allies.

On Friday, the Lebanese army warned a plot was being hatched to embroil Lebanon in the Syrian war.

AFP



First Published: Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 13:49

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