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Car bomb kills three soldiers in attack on Lebanese army checkpoint

A suicide bomber killed himself and three soldiers when he detonated a car bomb at a Lebanese army checkpoint in the border town of Arsal on Saturday, Lebanese security sources said. Arsal is home to thousands of Syrian refugees but also Syrian rebels and their Lebanese allies who have fled a Syrian army advance on the Syrian side of the border. Three other soldiers were wounded, the sources said.

Suicide bombing in Lebanon kills soldier

A suicide car bomber exploded his vehicle at an army checkpoint in eastern Lebanon near the border with Syria on Saturday, killing at least one soldier, a security official said. "A suicide bomber detonated his car in front of a Lebanese army checkpoint at Aqabet al-Jurd in the Arsal area," the official told AFP. "First indications are that one soldier was killed and more were wounded." The Arsal region has seen a spillover of the conflict across the border as Syrian regime forces backed by fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah press their campaign against rebels.

Suicide bombing in Lebanon kills soldier

A suicide car bomber exploded his vehicle at an army checkpoint in eastern Lebanon near the border with Syria on Saturday, killing at least one soldier, a security official said. "A suicide bomber detonated his car in front of a Lebanese army checkpoint at Aqabet al-Jurd in the Arsal area," the official told AFP. "First indications are that one soldier was killed and more were wounded." The Arsal region has seen a spillover of the conflict across the border as Syrian regime forces backed by fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah press their campaign against rebels.

Israel says shoots two suspected infiltrators from Syria

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot two suspected armed infiltrators at the Syrian frontier in the occupied Golan Heights on Friday, the Israeli military said. A terse statement said the troops "opened fire, hits were confirmed" after spotting the suspects penetrating the Israeli frontier. The Israeli news web site Ynet said both men had been killed, but a military spokeswoman would not confirm their condition, nor was it clear to which group the men belonged.

Israel says shoots two suspected infiltrators from Syria

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot two suspected armed infiltrators at the Syrian frontier in the occupied Golan Heights on Friday, the Israeli military said. A terse statement said the troops "opened fire, hits were confirmed" after spotting the suspects penetrating the Israeli frontier. The Israeli news web site Ynet said both men had been killed, but a military spokeswoman would not confirm their condition, nor was it clear to which group the men belonged.

Lebanon calls for support for army to counter Syria fallout

KUWAIT (Reuters) - Lebanon's foreign minister called on Arab countries on Monday to support the Lebanese army to counter fallout from Syria's civil war, which he said threatened to tear the country apart. Around 1 million Syrian refugees have fled to Lebanon, a displacement that has strained public infrastructure and threatened to upset the sectarian balance. This "is threatening the existence of Lebanon", Gebran Bassil told reporters before a meeting of Arab League leaders in Kuwait on Tuesday.

Lebanese militant leader calls for Sunnis to defect from army

BEIRUT (Reuters) - An influential Lebanese militant leader and cleric called for Sunni Muslims to defect from the army, in a 20-minute tirade posted on YouTube likely to intensify sectarian tensions between Sunnis and Shi'ites in Lebanon. Ahmad al-Assir, rumoured to have been killed fighting in neighbouring Syria, has been in hiding since June when the army and Shi'ite militants stormed his base in Sidon, the worst violence there since Lebanon's own 1975-90 civil war.

One dead as pro-, anti-Damascus gunmen clash in Beirut

A firefight between pro- and anti-Damascus factions in Beirut killed one gunman and wounded 13 Sunday, a security official said, in the latest spillover of the conflict in neighbouring Syria. The gun battle raged from 3 am to 8:30 am (0100 to 0630 GMT) in a poor Sunni Muslim district in the south of the Lebanese capital, the security official told AFP. A heavy deployment by the army brought a halt to the fighting, an AFP journalist reported.

Israel-Syria faceoff in Golan unlikely to escalate

Israel's air strikes on Syria after a bomb targeted Israeli troops on the occupied Golan Heights was unlikely to spiral into full-scale confrontation, with each side preoccupied elsewhere, commentators said Thursday. Israeli warplanes attacked Syrian army positions early on Wednesday and the Jewish state issued a stark warning to Damascus just hours after a bomb wounded four Israeli soldiers on the Golan, one severely. Over the past year, Israel has reportedly carried out a series of raids on Syrian and Hezbollah targets but has not officially acknowledged them.

Tensions rise in Lebanon as Syria extends control over border

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Lebanese army reopened a road between two towns near the Syrian frontier on Wednesday to try to calm sectarian rivalry that has been aggravated by a Syrian government campaign to tighten its grip on the border region. Shi'ite Muslims from the Lebanese Bekaa Valley town of al-Labwa had erected sandbag barriers at the weekend to cut off the road to Arsal, a Sunni town about 5 km (3 miles) east where they believed hundreds of Syrian rebels had taken refuge.
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