Tensions escalate along the Lebanon-Syria border
Tensions escalate along the Lebanon-Syria borderIn recent months, Syrian troops have been conducting military incursions on Lebanese soil.
Lebanese authorities recently arrested two Syrian men accused of smuggling arms into Syria from neighbouring Lebanon. Just two weeks earlier, authorities in the border Lebanese village of Akkar discovered a truck smuggling a cache of weapons into Syria.
It is believed the weapons were destined for Syrian army defectors organised to fight against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.
Lebanese residents have also been reportedly setting up makeshift field hospitals and treating wounded anti-Assad fighters who have fled into Lebanon.
Local residents say the Syrian military has planted landmines close to inhabited areas, and in early October a Syrian army tank reportedly fired shells at Lebanese military targets inside Lebanon’s borders.
Lebanese authorities have promised to halt the flow of cash and weapons into Syria, warning that a destabilised Syria could threaten Lebanon’s security. A free flow of arms and cash into Syria, as well as an armed and trained anti-Assad resistance force, suggests the possibility of a protracted civil war. The current state of conflict in Syria has even drawn comparisons to Libya or Afghanistan.
Ramallah-based journalist Joseph Dana will be joining the show in studio. He is a senior writer at +972 Magazine. Also in the show via Skype is Rami Khouri, director of the Issam Fares Institute of Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, and editor-at-large of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper.
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