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Gunmen kill four Lebanese Shiites, says security source

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At least four Lebanese Shiites were killed on Sunday in the eastern Bekaa valley, sources told Al Arabiya, as the civil war in Syria continues to raise tensions in the country.

“Gunmen killed three members of the Jaafar family and a man from the Amhaz family while they were passing through the Qaa area of the Bekaa,” a security source told AFP, referring to two Shiite clans.

A fifth man was seriously injured in the incident, he said.
The Qaa region along the Syrian border is known to be a Sunni area and neighbors Arsal, another Sunni region where many residents support the Syrian uprising.

Earlier in June, four rockets hit Lebanon’s eastern Bekaa region.

Despite an official position of neutrality, Lebanon has become increasingly embroiled in the conflict in neighboring Syria.

The conflict in Syria, pitting a Sunni-led opposition against a regime dominated by Alawites, members of a sect of Shiite Islam, has exacerbated tensions in Lebanon.

The powerful Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah movement backs the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and has sent fighters to battle alongside Syria's army.

However, Lebanon’s Sunni-led opposition supports the Syrian opposition and has accused Hezbollah of endangering the country’s security by its involvement with the Syrian crisis.

(With AFP)