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article imageLebanese troops clash with Syrian rebels along border

By Sami Zaatari     Dec 3, 2012 in World
Damascus - Lebanese troops came under fire today from Syrian rebels near the border area, and no casualties were reported from the Lebanese side. The latest incident was the first of its kind, but appears to be another escalation related to the Syrian conflict.
According to the accounts, a Lebanese patrol sighted the rebels along the border and began to approach, when they took fire from the rebels seeking to prevent them from approaching any further.
Violence on the Lebanese border has been frequent since the conflict in Syria began, but today's clash represents the first such incident in which Lebanese and Syrian rebels came into direct combat with one another. The recent firefight is an indication of the chaotic spiralling violence connected to the Syrian conflict.
There were border tensions with Turkey as well, with forces belonging to the Syrian government bombing rebel positions near the border. Stray shells from the fighting landed in Turkey, causing panic amongst the civilians in the affected area, though it wasn't clear if the shells were as a result of the Syrian regime, or the rebel forces.
The conflict has also recently escalated in Damascus, with the Syrian regime targeting rebel held areas in the suburbs.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said that the Syrian army are attempting to take Daraya, a rebel held area located on the southern outskirts of Damascus. Bombings have also been reported by activists in the areas of Deir al-Asafir and Beit Saham, with the regime pushing back hard to reassert it's control in the Damascus region.
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