Lebanese minister accuses Assad of 'ethnic cleansing' as Syrian rockets hit Hezbollah stronghold

Published June 18th, 2013 - 07:44 GMT
The Lebanese army deploy in the southern town of Sidon's eastern suburb of Abra on Tuesday. AFP photo
The Lebanese army deploy in the southern town of Sidon's eastern suburb of Abra on Tuesday. AFP photo

Two rockets believed to have been fired from Syrian territory hit the Lebanese Bekaa valley late Tuesday, security source told AFP.

“Two rockets landed in the Brital countryside and the nearby Taybeh valley,” the source told AFP said on condition of anonymity. 

As of yet, there have been no reports of casualties or injuries. 

Bekaa is the biggest Hezbollah stronghold in Lebanon.

Internal tension in Syria has been at an all time high due to Shiite group Hezbollah provding the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad with crucial assistance that helped it topple the strategic town of Qusayr

Sectarian violence has spread all over the country, sparking fears of an all-out civil war. Multiple outbreaks of violence in Tripoli and Baalbek have been reported, alongside rocket attacks coming from Syria. 

Whereas Syrian rebels have been firing rockets into Hezbollah territory in retalitation for the group's involvement in the conflict, the Syrian army has targeted Sunni areas in Lebanon that support the anti-Assad movement.

Wael Abu Faour, the Lebanese caretaker minister for social affairs accused the Syrian regime of commiting what was  "tantamount to ethnic cleansing next to the Syrian-Lebanese border".

Speaking to Reuters, the minister said "[Assad] is trying to displace all the Sunnis to Lebanon and this is why I expect to have more displaced people," he said.

According to a recent UN report, at least 93,000 people have been killed in Syria and 1.6 million Syrians have fled the country. 


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