Lebanon Sends Troops to Syrian Border (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 07/10/12)
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Lebanon on Tuesday began sending troops to the frontier with violence-
torn Syria after deadly attacks in the region.
“Yes, we have started to reinforce our troops, and the operation will
take us a week to 10 days to complete,” an army spokesman told AFP on
condition of anonymity.
The cabinet decided on Monday evening to dispatch army reinforcements
to the border area in the north, after a series of cross-border
incidents in recent months.
Syrian troops and armed men traded gunfire overnight in the border
area and shells fell inside Lebanon, wounding civilians, the army
The latest incident took place two days after clashes and blasts
killed two people in the area.
The decision to send troops to the Syrian border makes Lebanon the
second country in the region reinforce its frontier as embattled
President Bashar al-Assad continues his brutal 16-month suppression
of a popular uprising now turned civil war.
Ankara reinforced its border with Syria after Damascus shot down a
Turkish F-4 Phantom fighter jet over the Mediterranean.
France on Tuesday condemned Syrian shelling of areas of northern
Lebanon and said it backed Lebanese plans to boost its military
presence along the border.
“We support the decision of the Lebanese cabinet to strengthen the
presence of the Lebanese armed forces at the border, to guarantee the
security of Lebanon’s territory and its people,” French foreign
ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said.
“France calls on Syria to strictly respect the sovereignty and
territorial integrity of Lebanon, in conformity with United Nations
resolutions,” he added. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 07/10/12)
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