TRIPOLI, Lebanon - Forty one wounded Syrian rebels crossed a river into Lebanon on Thursday after the Syrian army ambushed the fighters as they tried to flee a besieged area, two Lebanese medical sources in the area said.
Eight more rebels either arrived dead or succumbed to their wounds after managing to escape Syria into the northern Lebanese area of Wadi Khaled, said the sources, a hospital employee and a medic who requested anonymity.
Lebanon's border area has been steadily sucked into Syria's three-year-old conflict as President Bashar Assad's forces attack nearby rebel bases.
Lebanese frontier towns have been used by rebels to recuperate but have also been attacked by Syrian helicopters and rocket attacks.
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