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Sun Jun 2, 2013 9:43AM
Foreign-backed militants train near Aleppo, northwestern Syria. (File photo)

Foreign-backed militants train near Aleppo, northwestern Syria. (File photo)

Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah has killed at least 20 anti-Syria militants during clashes in the eastern Lebanese town of Baalbek. The number of casualties following the Sunday clash is likely to increase after the bodies are retrieved, informed sources say. Earlier in the day, at least two rockets launched from Syria hit the northeastern Lebanese town of Hermel in Bekaa Valley. The rockets landed in the Hara neighborhood of the town near the Syrian border. There were no reports of casualties. According to the Lebanese newspaper Daily Star the terrorist ‘Free Syrian Army’ has claimed responsibility for the rocket attack. “This was a response to Hezbollah’s increasing involvement in Syria’s war,” the group said. Foreign-backed militants in Syria have previously been involved in rocket attacks on Lebanese border areas. Turmoil has gripped Syria since March 2011 and the foreign-sponsored militancy has taken its toll on the lives of many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel. The Sunday attack came a day after at least 20 rockets fired by the militants in Syria struck Bekaa. Most of the rockets hit the areas of Nabi Sheet and Sareen, leaving several people injured. According to Lebanese sources, four Syrians have been arrested on suspicion of having links to the attacks. Last week, a girl lost her life and a woman sustained injuries after three mortar rounds fired by the militants struck near Hermel. The attacks came after Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah said the resistance movement’s combatants were fighting alongside the Syrian army against al-Qaeda-linked militants in the strategic town of Qusayr near the Lebanese border. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that if the militants take power in Syria, they could destabilize the entire Middle East region for decades. ASH/HSN
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