Den syriske regjeringshæren inntok mesteparten av byen Yabroud på grensen til Libanon søndag. Det vanskeliggjør opprørernes evne til å skaffe seg forsyninger og våpen.
Syrian forces backed by the Lebanese militant group Hizbollah, seized most of the opposition’s last stronghold on the Syrian-Lebanese border on Sunday, rebels said, in a strategic blow to the opposition and a boost to President Bashar al-Assad’s campaign for control of the centre of the country.
Syria’s armed forces announced a complete victory in the town of Yabroud, although rebels said they were still fighting back on the outskirts of the city. Other units said they were regrouping and gathering reinforcements in the nearby town of Rankous to launch a counter-offensive.
Hizbollah deltar i kampene på syrisk side, og gjengjeldelsen kom raskt, inne på libanesisk territorium.
The fall of Yabroud – so close to Lebanon – risks sparking a fresh wave of spillover violence in Syria’s smaller neighbour. A car bomb ripped through the Hizbollah dominated Shia town of Nabi Othman late on Sunday, near the frontier region where Yabroud is located. Local media said at least three were killed and five wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up.
The al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front, which has branches in Syria and Lebanon, claimed the attack as a retaliation for Hizbollah’s “rape of Yabroud”.
Det har vært nye kamper i Tripoli lenger nord i Libanon.
Det skumle er at Libanon har de samme sekteriske konfliktene som Syria. Når konflikten «slår over», er materialet lettantennelig.
More than two days of sectarian-fuelled fighting between gunmen supporting opposing sides of Syria’s conflict killed 12 people and wounded more than 60 in the northern port city of Tripoli, according to Lebanon’s National News Agency.