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Syrian airstrikes target Lebanon as residents’ fears grow

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Residents living in Lebanese border towns have voiced concerns about the recent airstrikes from neighboring Syria.

In an interview with Al Arabiya, they called on the government to protect them from such security incidents.

Zuhair Mustapha, a Syrian refugee from Homs, said that he was severely injured when forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad struck an area close to a school in the Lebanese town of Qashlaq.

His son, Abdel Rahman, said he was extremely frightened by the incident and cried after he saw his father’s injuries.

An owner of a house in the same town said his place was attacked more than two times in less than two months. The house is near the Syrian center in the al-Mathouma area, which is thought to be the source of where the gunshots are coming from.

Meanwhile, Soud Saqer, the town’s mayor, said that Lebanon’s inability to control its borders was unacceptable.

“We want the army to protect us,” he said as residents of the town show the damage Syrian bullets have caused to the home of the mayor’s son.

This is not the first time Lebanese border towns are struck by Syrian forces. However, this time, the attack comes after Syria warned its forces would target Lebanese areas if armed Syrian fighters continued to use Lebanon’s border crossing to enter Syria.

Lebanon’s official stance on the Syrian crisis is dissociation, however, it has found itself increasingly involved in the two-year-old civil war.