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Syrian rebels threaten to hit Hezbollah targets in Lebanon

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BEIRUT — Syrian rebels on Tuesday threatened to carry out attacks against Hezbollah inside Lebanon, a dangerous escalation of the conflict that could destabilize Syria’s politically volatile neighbor as well as the region.

The heightened tensions on both sides of the border came as four mortar rounds hit one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s palaces in Damascus on Tuesday, according to opposition activists.

The presidential media office issued a statement saying that the mortar rounds had landed near the palace, not inside the palace grounds, without causing serious damage.


((Babak Dehghanpisheh and Ahmed Ramadan | The Washington Post)


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Navi Pillay, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, estimated last week that nearly 70,000 people have been killed in the war.