Last Updated: Mon Apr 30, 2012 16:29 pm (KSA) 13:29 pm (GMT)

Lebanon skier hit by gunfire from Syria: Official

Syrian forces have said that they were targeting armed rebels and people crossing illegally into the strife-torn country. (File photo)
Syrian forces have said that they were targeting armed rebels and people crossing illegally into the strife-torn country. (File photo)

One person was wounded when a group of skiers on Mount Hermon in southeast Lebanon came under machinegun fire from across the border with Syria on Monday, a security official said.

It was the first cross-border shooting in that part of Lebanon, although Syrian regime forces have opened fire several times in recent months, on one occasion killing a Lebanese television cameraman.

In Monday’s incident, four of the skiers were Lebanese and one was Swiss, the security official told AFP.

“They were shot at using light machineguns from across the Syrian side of the border,” he said.

One of the Lebanese was hit and taken to the hospital for treatment.

The army was questioning the rest of the group about the shooting, the source added.

In previous similar shootings, Syrian forces have said that they were targeting armed rebels and people crossing illegally into the strife-torn country.

On April 9, Al-Jadeed satellite television channel said Syrian soldiers shot dead cameraman Ali Shaaban, saying they opened fire on the TV crew which was on Lebanon’s side of the border.

Mount Hermon is on the Lebanese-Syrian frontier and also borders the edge of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

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