BEIRUT - President Michel Suleiman condemned on Saturday the shelling of Lebanese areas in the Beqaa Valley and called on Syrian rival parties to refrain from targeting Lebanese territories under any pretext.
“The shelling of towns near the border with Syria, most recently [the Beqaa towns of] Brital and Arsal… gives [an additional pretext for syrians] to get involved in the Lebanese arena and involve it [in the Syrian crisis],” the National News Agency quoted Suleiman as saying.
“It is unacceptable that innocent Lebanese citizens pay the price of the shelling with their lives and properties.”
Suleiman also reiterated his call on Lebanese parties to not get involved in the Syrian crisis, “in accordance with the Baabda Agreement.”
On Friday, the Syrian air force launched four strikes Friday on the outskirts of the Lebanese border town of Arsal.
Later in the day, six rockets launched from Syria targeted the Shiite town of Brital. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.