Syrian planes bomb Lebanese border
Monday, 18 March 2013

Syrian planes have bombed a Lebanese border town in eastern Bekaa Valley, the first such attack during the country’s ongoing crisis, according to a Lebanese army source.

"Syrian planes bombed the border between Lebanon and Syria but I cannot yet say if they hit Lebanese territory or only Syrian territory," Lebanese news website Naharnet quoted a military official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The warplanes entered 1 kilometer into Lebanese airspace and struck the town of Kerbet Younan in the Wadi al-Khayl region of Arsal, where the majority of Sunni Muslim residents support Syrian rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad, and fired four rockets at a remote section of the border with Lebanon, according to Reuters.

The Syrian warplanes targeted two barns used by "armed men," Al-Manar reported.

No injuries were reported.

An army patrol has been dispatched to the border region to determine whether the Syrian missile hit Lebanese territory, or the two countries’ shared border, Naharnet said.

The airstrike comes less than a week after Syria threatened to attack Lebanese territory if "terrorist gangs" continue to infiltrate the country. On Thursday, Syria submitted a letter of protest to Lebanese authorities, complaining of “violations of the neighboring country's territory on the border."


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