Gunmen killed three Lebanese troops Tuesday in a drive-by shooting at a government checkpoint near the Syrian border.
According to a statement from the Lebanese army, the attack on the checkpoint was carried out by "an armed group in a black jeep. The troops stationed at the checkpoint confronted the aggressors. A clash broke out and resulted in the martyrdom of three soldiers."
Four rockets fired at a Lebanese town near the border shortly after the three soldiers were killed also severely injured a woman sitting under an olive tree in her yard, according to The New York Times.
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Rocket attacks have become more frequent and have killed at least three civilians, including a 17-year-old girl who died in her house on Monday night. Residents said they believed they had become a target for Syrian rebels because of Hezbollah's presence.
They blamed jihadi extremists for the rockets and said they thought the source of the attacks the Lebanese town of Arsal. They also said they believed those launching the rockets were either Syrian rebels or their Lebanese Sunni sympathizers.
The fighting in the Lebanon-Syria border region comes as the European Union has decided not to extend an arms embargo on Syria, allowing member states to send weapons to help the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
A senior member of the Syrian opposition said Tuesday that the removal of the embargo was "positive," but that it would not impact the conflict quickly enough.