Lebanon border area mired in Syrian conflict

By REUTERS
April 22, 2013 02:31

AMMAN- Syrian troops and Lebanese Shi'ite militias attacked rebel-held areas on the two countries' border on Sunday, in the heaviest clashes of Syria's civil war in the strategic region, Lebanese and Syrian sources said.

At least two towns held by Sunni Islamist rebels in the Qusair region near the Orontes River were overrun after sectarian clashes escalated early last week, threatening to bring in Iranian-backed Hezbollah openly into the battle, the sources said.

On Saturday rockets hit the town of Hermel, a Hezbollah stronghold in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, causing damage but no casualties, and a Hezbollah fighter was killed in the Shi'ite border town of Zita inside Syria, residents said.

Six rebel fighters were killed in clashes in Qusair on Sunday and one woman was killed in Syrian air force bombing on the region, opposition campaigners said.


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