Lebanese news agency says Syrian airstrike kills 9

Lebanese men inspect the damage at a private residence where one of two rockets fired from an unknown location exploded in the early hours of August 2, 2013, just metres from an entrance to the presidential palace in Baabda, around eight kilometres southeast of the Lebanese capital Beirut. The official news agency ANI said the second rocket fell near a Lebanese army training camp in the region of Baabda, causing no casualties as tensions mounted in the east Mediterranean country over the conflict in neighbouring Syria. ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images

BEIRUT – Lebanon’s state-run news agency says a Syrian warplane struck targets near the border with Lebanon, killing at least nine people and wounding nine others.

A Lebanese security official in Lebanon’s eastern Bekaa region confirmed Saturday’s airstrike and said it targeted the rebel-held Syrian town of Yabroud just across the border from the Lebanese town of Arsal.

The area is known to house many refugees from the Syrian town of Qusair, which was captured by Syrian forces in June following battles that destroyed much of the town.

The official said those killed included six members of the same family. He spoke on customary condition of anonymity in line with regulations.


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