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Syria's civil war seeps into Lebanon in a bloody cross border clash


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Syria's civil war seeps into Lebanon in a bloody cross border clash

A fire fight broke out between Lebanese troops and Syrian Islamists on Sunday near the town of Arsal which has become home to thousands of Syrian refugees. .

A Lebanese army commander said at least 13 of his soldiers had died and more were missing in what was the biggest incursion by Syrian gunmen into Lebanon since Syria’s civil war began.

According to General Jean Kahwaji the attack had been premeditated:

‘‘This terrorist attack and another on Saturday did not take place by coincidence, it has not been a spur of the moment act. These have obviously been planned a long time ago.”

In the Syrian capital there’s been no let up in the government’s shelling of the suburbs.
Unverified footage said to show the aftermath has been posted on social media.

Syrian rebels also claim to have footage from a field hospital in the city of Hama purporting to show victims of a chlorine gas attack.

More than 170,000 people have been killed in Syria’s civil war since March 2011 as rebels try to overthrow President Bashar-al Assad.

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