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Syria strikes east and north unjustified: Sleiman
04-12-13
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President Michel Sleiman said recent Syrian strikes on east and north Lebanon are unjustified after reports showed that the targets were non-military.



It was established that the shelling did not target military goals. Moreover, there are no reasons or justifications for [the bombardment], Sleiman said in a statement.

Sleiman cited the Bekaa border town of Arsal as well as the northern Akkar areas of Dababiyeh and Kawasher.

A Syrian helicopter fired two missiles last week targeting smuggling routes on the outskirts of Arsal.

Syria also bombarded fields on the fringes of Dababiyeh and Kawasher late Wednesday.

Reporters based in Tripoli, north Lebanon, said the shelling on Kawasher targeted several farms, killing a number of hens.

Sleimans remarks came following a meeting with the head of the Lebanese Army, Gen. Jean Kahwagi, who briefed him on reports of last weeks Syrian airstrikes on the outskirts of the Bekaa town of Arsal, as well as artillery shelling of Dababiyeh in the northern region of Akkar.

The statement said Sleiman asked the Foreign Ministry to take the necessary measures, after Kahwagi provides them with the documents.

Earlier this month, Damascus warned Beirut it would attack suspected rebel sites if incursions from across the border didnt cease.


source www.dailystar.com.lb