Lebanon is now affected by the conflict in Syria with violent clashes near the border 2105121

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Defense News - Lebanon

 
 
Monday, May 21, 2012, 09:30 AM
 
Lebanon is now affected by the conflict in Syria with violent clashes near the border.
Earlier in the day Lebanese soldiers had shot dead the men as they sped through a road block in the northern region of Akkar. The two were members of a Lebanon-based anti-Assad political alliance. Protests erupted late Sunday, may 20, 2012, night in Beirut as Sunni Muslims reacted angrily to the killing of two anti-Syrian regime group members.
     
Earlier in the day Lebanese soldiers had shot dead the men as they sped through a road block in the northern region of Akkar. The two were members of a Lebanon-based anti-Assad political alliance. Protests erupted late Sunday, may 20, 2012, night in Beirut as Sunni Muslims reacted angrily to the killing of two anti-Syrian regime group members.
Lebanese Sunni Muslim residents are seen blocking a road in Beirut, to protest the killing by Lebanese army of Sheikh Ahmed Abdul Wahid, a Sunni Muslim cleric, and Muhammed Hussein Miraib, both members of the Lebanon-based March 14 political alliance May 20, 2012.
     

Their deaths sparked the protests with locals accusing the Lebanese army of taking orders from Damascus.

Many Sunni Muslims in Lebanon’s north sympathise with Syria’s Sunni-led uprising but the violence now appears to be spilling over the border.

Within Syria, UN ceasefire monitors including their chief had a narrow escape when a roadside bomb exploded close to their convoy. No casualties were reported and spokesman later denied the team had been deliberately targeted.

At least 33 more people were killed Sunday in Syria's 14-month-old crackdown on opponents of President Bashar al-Assad's rule, a leading opposition group reported.

A total of 21 deaths were in the northwestern city of Hama, where reported heavy shelling of a neighborhood by government troops, said Rafif Jouejati, a spokesman for the Local Coordination Committees of Syria. Sunday's toll follows 26 deaths Saturday, according to the LCC, a network of opposition activists.

The fighting has continued despite a peace plan brokered by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, now a special envoy for the United Nations and the Arab League.

 

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