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Syrian army unit temporarily cross into Lebanon

Arab World Materials 16 September 2011 02:43
A group of Syrian army soldiers crossed into Lebanon when pursuing Syrians who were fleeing to the Lebanese territories, a Lebanese army statement said Thursday.
Syrian army unit temporarily cross into Lebanon

A group of Syrian army soldiers crossed into Lebanon when pursuing Syrians who were fleeing to the Lebanese territories, a Lebanese army statement said Thursday.

The statement said a unit from the Syrian army crossed 200 meters into the Lebanese territories while pursuing some Syrian nationals who were fleeing into Lebanon, Xinhua reported.

"The Lebanese army immediately headed to the area, only to find that the Syrian army unit went back to the Syrian territories," said the statement.

The Lebanese military added that after their withdrawal, the Syrian soldiers continued to fire into Lebanon, causing no casualty but "slight damage" to the Lebanese army's vehicles.

Since the start of anti-government protests in Syria in mid- March, dozens of Syrian nationals fled their towns to the border villages in Lebanon.

The Syrian authorities have accused several Lebanese groups, mainly the Future Movement of former Sunni Prime Minister Saad Hariri, of funding and arming the protestors in Syria.

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