Fire from Syria kills two in Lebanon

Rocket attacks damaged several homes in two border villages and left two people dead.

Rebels claiming Hezbollah hit

Two people were killed and at least four others injured in northeastern Lebanon on Sunday in rocket attacks purportedly perpetrated by Syrian rebels.


"This afternoon, the border town of Al-Qasr in the Hermel border region came under artillery shell fire from Syrian territory, killing one citizen, injuring three others and damaging several homes," the Lebanese army said in a statement.


"Subsequently, army units were deployed widely across the area and took measures in the field necessary to protect people and respond to the source of the attack as appropriate."


Shortly afterwards, Lebanon's state NNA news agency reported a second death in the village Hosh Sayyed Ali in the same region.


"A 13-year-old... died as a result of wounds from rocket fire from southern Syria on the village of Hosh Sayyed Ali on the border, which also injured one person," the agency said.


There was no indication that the Lebanese army was gearing to return fire in response to the latest spillover of the conflict in neighboring Syria, AFP reported


Meanwhile, a video uploaded on Sunday showed a group of rebels claiming to have hit “Hezbollah positions” on Lebanese and Syrian land in retaliation to the Shiite party’s alleged offensive against rebels in the Homs province.


Hezbollah MP Hussein Moussawi implicitly blamed rebels for the attacks.


“We cannot consider those who massacred dozens of our people, the sons of Homs and Syrian border villages… those who slaughtered Sheikh Mohammad al-Bouti… and those who fired the rockets today… to be Syrian,” the National News Agency quoted him as saying.


"Their identity is to be servants of the Zionist projects that aim to destroy Syria."


MTV reported that the Free Syrian Army fired Grad-missiles at Al-Qasr.


Hezbollah fighters have reportedly deployed in the Homs province along the border with Lebanon, sparking anger from Syrian rebels who accuse the party of fighting alongside the regime.


In the past week, reports have emerged that a number of Hezbollah fighters were killed in the Al-Qusayr area of Homs.


In February, FSA chief of staff General Salim Idriss warned that the rebel army is poised to launch a military campaign against Hezbollah in Lebanon.


Since the Syrian uprising began in March 2011, there have been numerous deadly clashes along the northern and eastern borders of Lebanon, usually between the Syrian army and armed Syrian or Lebanese groups backing the uprising.


There have also been clashes between armed groups and the Lebanese army seeking to prevent the infiltration of fighters into Lebanon.


Beirut has officially adopted a neutral policy towards the Syria conflict, but it has deepened divisions in the country, with the Sunni-led March 14 movement supporting the revolt and the Shiite Hezbollah and its allies backing the regime.

A video uploaded on Sunday shows rebels claiming rocket attacks against Hezbollah positions. (YouTube)

A 13-year-old... died as a result of wounds from rocket fire from southern Syria.