Residents: Syrian troops enter Lebanon, clash with rebels (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Roi Kais, agencies Published: 03.27.12, 13:03)
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Soldiers reportedly fire grenades, exchange heavy fire with rebels in
rural mountain area of al-Qaa; Assad visits Baba Amr neighborhood
Syrian troops advanced into north Lebanon on Tuesday, destroying farm
buildings and clashing with Syrian rebels who had taken refuge there,
"More than 35 Syrian soldiers came across the border and started to
destroy houses," said Abu Ahmed, 63, a resident of the rural mountain
area of al-Qaa.
Another resident said that the soldiers, some traveling in armored
personnel vehicles, fired rocket-propelled grenades and exchanged
heavy machinegun fire with rebels.
Meanwhile, Syria´s state-run news agency reported Tuesday that
President Bashar Assad has traveled to the country´s Baba Amr
neighborhood, a former rebel stronghold.
Baba Amr was the site of a monthlong siege by government forces who
battled rebel fighters before driving them out. Hundreds of people
were killed in the fighting there.
On Monday news websites affiliated with the opposition reported that
Syria´s Defense Ministry issued restrictions requiring men between
the age of 18 and 42 to obtain permission from military recruitment
and immigration departments before leaving the country.
The move is apparently aimed at forcing Syrian men to join the army
amid reports of desertions by conscripts. According to some reports,
the restrictions went into effect on Monday.
A Saudi website contacted a number of young Syrians who claimed they
had been prohibited from leaving the country.
In Aleppo, Syria´s second-largest city, half of the passengers who
boarded a flight to Algeria were ordered off the plane because they
did not meet the criteria specified in the new regulations.
A Syrian human rights activist said 10 people were killed Tuesday in
attacks by Syrian army forces across the country.
Assad has used the army to crush protests against his 12-year rule.
The United Nations says more than 8,000 people have been killed in
the crackdown while Syrian authorities blame foreign-backed
terrorists for the violence and say 3,000 soldiers and police have
been killed. Reuters, AP contributed to the report (Copyright 2012 ©
Yedioth Internet 03/27/12)
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