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Three Lebanese soldiers killed near Syrian border

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-05-28

Gunmen opened fire on a military checkpoint in Lebanon’s eastern Bekaa Valley on Tuesday, killing three soldiers before fleeing across the border into neighbouring Syria, according to a Lebanese military source.

Three Lebanese soldiers were killed in the country’s eastern Bekaa Valley on Tuesday after gunmen opened at a military checkpoint before fleeing across the border into Syria, a Lebanese military source has said.

According to early reports, two of the soldiers died in the attack, which took place not far from the town of Arsal, while the third died later in hospital.

The border areas surrounding Arsal are used by Syrian rebel forces fighting against President Bashar al-Assad to smuggle weapons and combatants from Lebanon into Syria.

It is not the first time that the region has been the stage of clashes. In February, four Lebanese soldiers and two gunmen were killed in an exchange of fire near Aral.

Tuesday’s shooting came as Syrian military forces, backed by Hezbollah, continued an assault on the nearby Syrian border town of Qusair, in a bid to drive out rebel fighters.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

Date created : 2013-05-28

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