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Lebanon dragged in as Hezbollah joins Syria war

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 01:30

April 26 - In the Bekaa town of Hermel, angry residents blame Syrian rebels for missiles that struck their area, a mark of the Syrian conflict coming to their homes. Sarah Sheffer reports.

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Lebanon's Shi'ite city of Hermel, a sprawling agricultural town of around 100,000 on Lebanon's border with Syria. Damage from missles fired from it's war-torn neighbour now mark the pastoral town, signs that Syria's civil war is spilling over-- with the risk of reigniting Lebanon's own 15-year sectarian civil war. None of the missles have caused injuries, yet. But residents say they're afraid. (SOUNDBITE) (ARABIC) LEBANESE WOMAN, ZEINAB, SAYING: "This is too much -- it hit near our home. Where the rocket landed was an empty building, but what would have happened if it hit my house? Our house is packed.'' The mayor of Hermel said the missiles were fired by Syrian rebels, or as he calls them: "terrorists". He denied men from his pro-Hezbollah town are making the 10 km trip north to fight in Syria. But Hezbollah militants are reportedly battling alongside the army of their ally President Bashar al-Assad-- against rebel units-- in a conflict which has killed more than 70,000 people. Officially, Hezbollah denies fighting in Syria. But late on Wednesday, prominent Syrian opposition figure Moaz Alkhatib issued a direct appeal to Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah to withdraw fighters from Syria to prevent sectarian war from engulfing the Middle East.

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Lebanon dragged in as Hezbollah joins Syria war

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 01:30