Syrian shells hit Lebanon despite warning

Five shells fired from Syria landed in Lebanon on Wednesday, one day after Lebanese President Michel Suleiman warned that Syrian strikes on its neighbor were an unacceptable violation of its sovereignty.

Witnesses said the shells landed in fields near al-Qasr, a village less than a mile from the border, but no one was hurt.

The Syrian government, battling a two-year-old revolt against four decades of rule by the Assad family, has warned it may strike at Syrian rebels taking refuge across the frontier. Lebanon, which fought its own civil war from 1975 to 1990, has tried to maintain a policy of “dissociation” from Syria’s conflict.

But many citizens fear their country is increasingly at risk of being dragged into the neighboring conflict. Syria once dominated Lebanon and had troops garrisoned in the Mediterranean country until 2005. Lebanese politicians are divided over Syria, with some supporting the uprising spearheaded by the majority Sunni Muslim.

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