Syrian Jets Hit Lebanon

Worst cross-border violation since unrest began

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Sep 17, 2012 10:47 AM CDT

(Newser) – Missiles fired by Syrian warplanes hit Lebanese territory today in one of the most serious cross-border violations since Syria's crisis began 18 months ago, security officials in Beirut and Lebanese state media said. The officials said four missiles fired by two Syrian jets hit a rugged and remote area on the edge of the Lebanese border town of Arsal. There were no immediate reports of casualties. Lebanon's state-run National News Agency reported that the warplanes fired three missiles that fell on the outskirts of Arsal about 500 yards from the border between the two countries.

"I heard several explosions and saw four clouds of dust billowing from the (border area)," said one resident. "I don't know if it was an air raid but there was a plane in the sky." He added that the town had been quiet two hours after the morning attack. Syrian forces were believed to be chasing rebels in the area, which has been the site of clashes in the past between opposition fighters battling Syrian troops just on the other side of the frontier.

Syrians clear the rubble of a house which was destroyed in government airstrike on Saturday, in Kal Jubrin, on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.
Syrians clear the rubble of a house which was destroyed in government airstrike on Saturday, in Kal Jubrin, on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.   (Muhammed Muheisen)
Syrians clear the rubble of a house that was destroyed in government airstrike on Saturday, in Kal Jubrin, on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.
Syrians clear the rubble of a house that was destroyed in government airstrike on Saturday, in Kal Jubrin, on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.   (Muhammed Muheisen)
A Syrian man who fled his home in Aleppo carries his sleeping son back to a classroom of a school where they take refuge on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.
A Syrian man who fled his home in Aleppo carries his sleeping son back to a classroom of a school where they take refuge on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.   (Muhammed Muheisen)
In this Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 photo, newly-arrived Syrian refugees having crossed the border. Syrian jets struck today across the border in Lebanon.
In this Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 photo, newly-arrived Syrian refugees having crossed the border. Syrian jets struck today across the border in Lebanon.   (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
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