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Syrian helicopter fires on Lebanese border town

Wednesday - 6/12/2013, 7:25am  ET

This citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows an elderly Syrian rebel sit in a trench, in Idlib province, northern Syria, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Syrian rebels have attacked a village in the country's east, killing dozens of Shiites, mostly pro-government fighters, activists said Wednesday. A Syrian government official denounced the attack, saying it was a "massacre" of civilians. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)

BASSEM MROUE
Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanese security officials say a Syrian government helicopter has fired three missiles on a border town in northern Lebanon.

The officials say one of the missiles struck the center of Arsal on Wednesday. It's the first such attack from Syria on an urban center inside Lebanon. There was no immediate word on casualties.

Scores of rebels and civilians who fled from the Syrian western town of Qusair last week in the last days of a government military offensive have taken refuge in Arsal.

Support for the rebels fighting to topple Assad runs high in the predominantly Sunni Muslim town.

The Lebanese officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with military regulations.


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