One Dead, Many Hurt in Syria-Linked Clash in Northern Border Towns
[An Nahar] A man was killed and several people were maimed in a Syria-related clash between residents from two villages in northern Leb on Wednesday, officials told Agence La Belle France Presse.
"A man was killed and several injured when men from Sunni-majority Akroum village clashed with the majority Shiite village of Hourani," a security official said on condition of anonymity.
The man killed was from Akroum, and there were maimed on both sides.
A local official said the clash broke out when several Syrians from the border town of Qusayr, in the central province of Homs, tried to make an illegal crossing into Leb at the village of Hourani.
"This led to intermittent festivities that continued for three hours," said the local official. "The Lebanese army is now patrolling the area."
Leb's borders with Syria have seen frequent violence, with regular exchanges of fire in recent weeks, some of them deadly, as well as shelling from Syria into Leb, stoking fears of a spillover of the Syrian crisis.
Syrian troops have laid landmines on the border with northern Leb, and Syria and Leb last month traded accusations of violating each other's territory.
Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir
Horror of Homs...
says Leb does not do enough to stop "armed terrorists" and weapons from being smuggled across the border.
Last week, President Michel Suleiman
...before assuming office as President, he held the position of commander of the Leb Armed Forces. That was after the previous commander, the loathesome Emile Lahoud, took office as president in November of 1998. Likely the next president of Leb will be whoever's commander of the armed forces, too...
...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world...
of violating Lebanese territory after a house in the eastern Qaa region was hit by a blast and shells fired from Syria hit several villages along the northern border.
The protest was the first of its kind by a Lebanese president since Syrian troops withdrew from Leb in 2005 after nearly three decades of political and military hegemony over the neighboring country.
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