Hundreds of Syrian refugees flee to Lebanon

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May 17, 2011 10:06

 
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Hundreds of Syrian continued to cross into northern Lebanon on Monday overnight from Syria as Syrian tanks entered a rural area on the Lebanese border to continue the government crackdown on widespread protests against the Assad regime, Lebanese newspaper the Daily Star reported Tuesday.

Tank shelling was reported in the Syrian border town Tal Kalakh late Monday night, only five kilometers from Lebanese border, and sustained gunfire was heard throughout the day. Refugees fleeing the violence were crossing over into Lebanon number at least 300, Human Rights Watch reported.

The Lebanese Army issued a statement on Sunday, Daily Star reported, saying they had stepped up border security in order to prevent illegal entry.

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