Syrian aircraft fire at pro-rebel Lebanese town

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 5, 2014 at 1:20 a.m.



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BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese officials say that Syrian military aircraft have carried out a series of airstrikes at a Lebanese border town.

Deputy mayor Ahmad Fliti says the strikes hit the town of Arsal early on Wednesday morning. The Lebanese state news agency also reported the strikes.

Fliti says the strikes hit the edge of the town, toward a rugged area where Syrian refugees have a sprawling tent encampment. He says there are so far no reports of injuries.

Syrian aircraft have struck Arsal in the past.

Fliti says the strikes have intensified since forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad launched a push to seize the rebel-held town of Yabroud that lies inside Syria, near Arsal.

Yabroud is part of an important rebel supply route that leads to pro-Syrian rebel towns in Lebanon, including Arsal.

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