Syria militants fire mortars at Lebanese town: Report

Militants in Syria prepare to fire a homemade rocket. (File photo)Press TV

The foreign-sponsored militants in Syria have fired mortars into the Lebanese town of Hermel near the Syrian border, Lebanon™s state media say.

The Lebanese National News Agency (NNA) said on Sunday four mortars slammed into the heart of Hermel, which is situated about 100 kilometers (62 miles) northeast of the capital, Beirut.  

One of the mortars landed near the Imam Sadr Educational Foundation. One rocket fell near the Hermel Public Hospital on the eastern entrance of the town, while the last rocket hit a hill overlooking the Assi River.

Hermel was also hit by four mortars in a similar event on May 9.

The terrorist group al-Nusra Front in Syria has threatened to continue shelling the Lebanese town.

œAs of Monday, May 13, we will continue shelling Hermel and surrounding villages with rockets and tank shells,” the terrorist group stated.

On April 19, Lebanon said it was planning to file a complaint with the Arab League over a deadly attack by the militants in Syria on the Lebanese soil.

Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour stated that the security situation in Lebanon was deteriorating due to the ongoing turmoil in the border region.

œLebanon security and stability are being threatened. We are preparing a memo to hand out to the Arab League on the violations… on our borders. Last week, two Lebanese civilians lost their lives due to shelling from armed Syrian opposition,” the Lebanese foreign minister said.

œThe armed [Syrian] opposition has adopted this attack, and has pledged more such attacks in the future. So, we are notifying the Arab League with this as it should take full responsibility over the issue,” Mansour added.

Turmoil has gripped Syria since March 2011. The Syrian government maintains that the chaos in the country is being orchestrated from outside.

The militants also carry out mortar attacks against residential areas in Syria.

On Sunday, two people were injured when the militants targeted the al-Mazzeh neighborhood of the capital, Damascus. The projectiles also damaged a number of buildings.

Syria™s official news agency SANA reported on the same day that the Syrian army carried out successful mop-up operations against the militants on the outskirts of the capital.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned that if the œterrorist forces take control the situation will inevitably spill over into neighboring countries and create a domino effect throughout the Middle East and beyond.”


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