Lebanese protesters block fuel shipments to Syria

By REUTERS
February 13, 2013 19:42




BEIRUT- Protesters in Lebanon blocked the northern border crossing with Syria on Wednesday to stop fuel shipments they said were being used to resupply President Bashar al-Assad's military.

Around 30 trucks were forced to stop on the Lebanese side of the Arida border crossing between the two countries and at one stage only pedestrians were able to cross over.

"Today we are seeing that the Syrian regime and Lebanese regime ... are transferring diesel to Syrian tanks, trucks and military vehicles from Lebanon," said parliamentarian Mouein Merehbi, who joined protesters at the border.

Syrian authorities, facing European Union financial sanctions over their crackdown on a 22-month-old uprising, have relied increasingly on fuel trucked from neighbouring Lebanon to make up for a fall in larger international shipments.


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