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Rockets launched from Syria hit eastern Lebanon

Four rockets launched from Syria hit the Hezbollah-dominated Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon on Monday, wounding one person, the Lebanese army said. Hezbollah, a powerful Lebanese Shiite movement, has come under repeated attack by Sunni extremists incensed over its intervention in Syria on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad's regime, which is battling a Sunni-led rebellion.

Syria army in hot pursuit of rebels on Lebanon border

Syrian regime forces were Monday readying an assault on the last rebel-held areas in the Qalamoun mountains, strategically located on the Lebanese border, after overrunning key opposition bastion Yabrud. The capture on Sunday of Yabrud by Syrian troops and fighters of Lebanon's Hezbollah marked a significant setback for the rebels as it severs their supply lines from across the Lebanese border. "The army will under the battle plan launch operations in all areas where terrorists are to be found," said a security source in Damascus, using the regime's term for rebels.

Lebanese army blows up suspect car close to Syrian border

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's army blew up a car on Monday in the border region with Syria which they suspected contained explosives and was being prepared for use in a bomb attack, security sources said. They said the car was found in a rural area between the Bekaa Valley villages of Ras Baalbek and Fakeha, about 5 km (3 miles) north of a village where a suicide car bombing killed three people on Sunday.

Suicide car bomb in east Lebanon near Syria border, 4 dead

A suicide car bomb attack killed four people late Sunday in a area dominated by powerful Shiite movement Hezbollah near the Syrian border in the Bekaa Valley, a Lebanese security source told AFP. The attack was claimed by Liwa Ahrar al-Sunna in Baalbek, an extremist Sunni Muslim group opposed to Hezbollah's involvement in the Syrian war. The bomb killed two Hezbollah members, including local official Abdel Rahman al-Qadi, and a woman and her husband who died from their wounds shortly after the blast, the source said.

Suicide bomb kills three in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley: security source

(Reuters) - At least three people were killed and five wounded when a suicide attacker detonated a car bomb at a petrol station in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley near the border with Syria, a security source said. The blast occurred in the small town of Nabi Osmane, a stronghold of the Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim militant group Hezbollah, which has been targeted by similar attacks in the past year.

Car bomb in east Lebanon near Syria border, 2 dead

A car bomb attack killed two people late Sunday in a Hezbollah-dominated area near the Syrian border in the Bekaa Valley, a Lebanese security source said. "A car bomb attack has struck the village of Al-Nabi Othman, killing two people and wounding seven others," the source told AFP. hek-ser/hc

Suicide car bomb in east Lebanon near Syria border, 2 dead

A suicide car bomb attack killed two people late Sunday in a Hezbollah-dominated area near the Syrian border in the Bekaa Valley, a Lebanese security source said. "A car bomb attack has struck the village of Al-Nabi Othman, killing two people and wounding seven others," the source told AFP. "The blast was carried out by a suicide attacker. Hezbollah members knew he was about to carry out the attack, and tried to stop the vehicle. That was when the attacker detonated the vehicle," he added.

Syrian troops savour victory in fallen rebel bastion

On the main square of the former rebel bastion of Yabrud, three exhausted Syrian soldiers sit by a sculpture painted in the colours of the revolt savouring their hard-fought victory. "It was a very difficult battle, possibly the most difficult we have faced," a soldier who gave his name as Abu Mohammed told AFP between puffs on a water pipe. He said snipers had made it perilous for troops backed by fighters from the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah as they advanced through the streets.

Syria's army announces capture of rebel bastion Yabrud

Syria's army said Sunday it had seized the rebel stronghold Yabrud, where it is backed by Lebanon's Hezbollah and pro-regime militias, dealing the opposition a heavy symbolic and strategic blow. "After a series of special operations, the Syrian Arab army, in coordination with the (paramilitary) National Defence Forces, returned security and stability to the town of Yabrud and its surroundings in northern Damascus province," an army statement said.

Fighting rages inside key Syria rebel bastion

Heavy clashes were underway Saturday inside the Syrian rebel bastion of Yabrud near the border with Lebanon, a Syrian military source said, a day after government troops entered the town. Yabrud sits near key rebel supply lines stretching into Lebanon, and its fall would deal a major blow to the rebels as the war enters its fourth year. "Fierce clashes are taking place inside the eastern neighbourhoods of Yabrud," the source said, adding that "the 13 rebel chiefs leading operations are dead".
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