URGENT ¥¥¥ US confirms Syrian planes bombed Lebanon

Syrian warplanes Monday bombed northern Lebanon for the first time, a US official confirmed, denouncing the move as "a significant escalation" of the conflict.

"Regime jets and helicopters did fire rockets into northern Lebanon impacting Wadi al-Khayl, near the border town of Arsal. This constitutes a significant escalation in the violations of Lebanese sovereignty that the Syrian regime has been guilty of," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters.