Syrian gunship targets Lebanon's Arsal, kills town mayor's relatives
Lebanon's Arsal lies on the border with Syria and has received a significant influx of refugees from its war-torn neighbor in recent weeks (Courtesy of the Daily Star)
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A Syrian helicopter gunship raided Monday the Bekaa Valley border town of Arsal, killing two of the mayor’s relatives, security sources said.
The sources told The Daily Star that “according to information obtained by police” Youssef Hujeiri, 31, and his brother Khaled, 33, were killed in a helicopter gunship raid over Wadi Mira on Arsal’s outskirts.
They said the brothers are relatives of Arsal’s mayor, Ali Hujeiri.
The bodies were taken to a hospital in Arsal, the sources added.
Arsal, a northeastern town on the border with Syria, has in the last couple of the days seen a significant influx of refugees fleeing villages in the Qalamoun, a mountainous region roughly north of Damascus which is expected to be the next front between rebels and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.