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Syria gunmen fire on Lebanese position: army

Last modified: 3 Dec 2012 02:19

Unidentified Syrian gunmen opened fire across the border on a Lebanese army post in the Bekaa Valley on Sunday, an army statement said, adding that troops shot back.

"At 6:30 pm (1630 GMT), gunmen opened fire from across the border in Syria at a Lebanese army post in the Masharia al-Qaa area" of the Bekaa, the statement said. "Troops in the post responded by shooting back," it said, adding that no casualties were registered.

Residents of the area told AFP that by Sunday evening, the sound of gunfire had died down.

There has been frequent violence on Lebanon's border with Syria ever since an uprising broke out against President Bashar al-Assad's rule in March last year. There has been repeated stray fire, including shelling, as well as a series of cross-border shoot-outs in recent months.

Syria has accused Lebanon of lax control of its side of the border that has allowed rebels to smuggle in both fighters and weapons.

The Syrian regime dominated its smaller neighbour both politically and militarily for almost 30 years before withdrawing its troops in the face of the outcry that followed the assassination of former prime minister Rafiq Hariri in Beirut in 2005.

(Source: AFP)