Last Updated: Mon Jul 02, 2012 13:21 pm (KSA) 10:21 am (GMT)

Rocket fires from Lebanon wounds two Syrian police officers

A rocket fired from Lebanon on Monday has wounded two Syrian border police officials. (AP)
A rocket fired from Lebanon on Monday has wounded two Syrian border police officials. (AP)

A rocket fired from Lebanon wounded two Syrian border police on Monday, Lebanon's General Security agency said.

“On Monday at dawn, gunmen fired a rocket from Buqaya, in Lebanese territory, towards Syria, hitting a Syrian immigration post and wounding two border police,” a statement from the agency’s general directorate said.

It is the first time the agency has reported firing from Lebanon into Syrian territory.

Buqaya is located in the Akkar district, 185 kilometers (115 miles) north of Beirut.

“The Syrians pursued the gunmen and, during the pursuit, a Lebanese General Security post was hit,” the statement added.

“A Syrian unit arrived at the Lebanese post and apprehended two members of General Security, taking them into Syrian territory before releasing them.”

The men who fired the rocket managed to escape, a General Security spokesman told AFP on condition of anonymity.

No Lebanese personnel were wounded, the spokesman added.

A local official said: “Armed men, riding a motorcycle, shot a rocket towards the Syrian village of Mcherfe at 3:00 am (0000 GMT).”

“The Syrian forces immediately returned fire with automatic weapons, and the shooting lasted about 10 minutes. There were no casualties on the Lebanese side but one house was damaged.”

Syrian troops have carried out a number of cross-border raids into Lebanon since the outbreak of the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule in March last year, sparking fears of a spillover of the conflict.

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