Syrian planes ‘bomb’ Lebanon border area

Officials say no casualties in the air strike, which reportedly targeted Syrian rebel positions in Lebanon’s Arsal town.

Syrian warplanes have bombed the border area with Lebanon for the first time, Lebanese army officials say, reportedly targeting Syrian rebel positions inside Lebanon.

Officials on Monday said that four missiles hit the Lebanese border town of Arsal, where many residents back the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The mountainous, desert area is also ideal for the smuggling of arms and the flow of fighters across the border.

Local residents say the missiles had fallen in an agricultural area and there were no injuries in the incident.

Al-Manar television, which belongs to the Pro-Assad Lebanese Shia Hezbollah movement, reported that the warplanes had targeted two barns used by “armed men” in the Wadi al-Khayl area of Arsal.

The US State Department confirmed that Syrian government aircraft fired rockets into Lebanon.

“This constitutes a significant escalation in the violations of Lebanese sovereignty that the Syrian regime has been guilty of. These kinds of violations of sovereignty are absolutely unacceptable,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters at her daily briefing.

The latest attack comes four days after Damascus warned it may strike at Syrian rebels taking refuge across the frontier.

Lebanon has a policy of “dissociation” from the two-year civil war in Syria but officials say they feel their country is increasingly at risk of being dragged into a conflict that the UN says has killed 70,000 Syrians.

Syria’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that a “large number” of opposition fighters had crossed Lebanon’s northern border into the Syrian town of Tel Kalakh last week.

“Syria expects the Lebanese side to prevent these armed terrorist groups from using the borders as a crossing point, because they target Syrian people and are violating Syrian sovereignty,” it said in a message to the Lebanese government, according to state media.

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