| 28.12,11. 11:54 AM |
3 Lebanese Killed by Syrian Gunfire in Wadi Khaled
Three Lebanese citizens in Akkar’s Wadi Khaled were killed Tuesday by gunfire coming from across the border with Syria.
Future News television said that “three Lebanese young men were killed by gunfire from forces loyal to (Syrian President Bashar) al-Assad” after reporting earlier that “heavy gunfire erupted near Wadi Khaled’s al-Buqaia border crossing.”
Meanwhile, Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency said “three people were killed in their car in the al-Mqaibleh area in Akkar’s Wadi Khaled by gunfire coming from across the border with Syria.”
It identified the three as Maher Abu Zeid, from the town of Majdal, and Khaled Abu Sakhr and his brother Mohammed from the town of Heit.
In September, heavy gunshots were fired from Syria towards villages in the northern region of Akkar, creating a state of panic among the residents in the area.
Earlier in September, a Lebanese army patrol was accidentally fired at by the Syrian army, also on Lebanon’s northern border with Syria.
In May, one woman was killed and several other people were wounded when gunshots were fired from Syria towards the town of al-Buqaia in the North.
Syrian troops have regularly staged incursions into Lebanon in recent months, killing several people.
Lebanon and Syria share a 330-kilometer border but have yet to agree on official demarcation.
The United Nations on December 16 reported that more than 4,500 Syrians fled to Lebanon since the anti-Assad revolt erupted in March.