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Thursday, October 06, 2011

Syria again enters Lebanon, kills farmer

From Now Lebanon:
Syrian troops entered Lebanese territory on Thursday and shot dead a Syrian living in a remote border area of the eastern Bekaa region, a security official told AFP.

"At around 2:30 p.m. in an area called Saaba, next to Aarsal, Syrian troops entered Lebanese territory and opened fire on farmer Ali al-Khatib, a Syrian national," the official said on condition of anonymity.

"His body is still on site and a probe is underway."

He said Khatib was married to a Lebanese and lived in the area, where the border is not clearly delineated.

A government official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the incident and said it was unclear why Khatib was targeted or how he was killed.

"The area in question is very remote and right along the border," he said.

Earlier this week, Syrian tanks entered the same region in a brief incursion that raised fears of the revolt against the regime in Damascus spilling over into Lebanon.
As I mentioned earlier this week, there had been three previous incidents of the Syrian army crossing the Lebanese border, and as far as I can see, no formal protests on Lebanon's side.

(h/t CHA)