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Syria conflict spills across two borders

04-10-2012 07:50 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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The violence in Syria is spilling across two tense borders. Gunfire from Syria’s conflicting sides has wounded at least six people in a refugee camp in Turkey and killed a camera-man in Lebanon.

Syria’s government forces fired across the border into a refugee camp in Turkey, wounding several people.

It was believed that the government troops were targeting rebels attempting to escape to the camp after ambushing a military checkpoint.

Syrian refugees drive across the Masharii al-Qaa border region that straddles both
Lebanon and Syria.

The shooting happened next to the Oncupinar border post near the provincial center of Kilis.The provincial governor said Turkish military forces did not return fire. Reacting to the shooting, Turkey called for an immediate halt to the gunfire.

Over in its northern Idlib province, near the Turkish borders, Syria’s government troops have been clashing with rebel forces to flush them out. The fleeing armed opposition have been seeking refuge in Turkey, which is hosting the rebels’ leadership and harboring the fleeing rebels, as well as providing them with medical treatment.

In another incident of violence, a bullet pierced the chest of Ali Shaaban, a cameraman for the Lebanese Al Jadeed television station, when he was filming in Lebanon’s northern Wadi Khaled area. He died on the way to hospital. Shaaban was inside a car when he was struck. The vehicle was completely destroyed. A Lebanese official said the gunfire came from a nearby Syrian village of Armouta. And Shaaban’s colleagues reported hearing heavy gunfire surrounding them from all sides.

Syria’s official news agency SANA, said the shooting on the Lebanese-Syrian border was perpetrated by armed terrorist groups. Syria has accused armed groups of infiltrating into Syria through Turkey and Lebanon. According to SANA, the Syrian authorities thwarted two attempts of armed groups sneaking in from the Lebanese territory earlier Monday.

The latest cross border violence bolsters fears that the conflict in Syria could spark a broader crisis by sucking in neighboring countries.

AbdulRahman Al-Atiq, a newly arrived Syrian refugee from Idlib province, Syria, seen
in a refugee camp in Reyhanli, Turkey, Monday, April 9, 2012.

Syrian refugees look through barbed wire towards Turkey from the Syrian side of the
border.

 

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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