Friday, February 10, 2012

Lebanon army boosts presence along Syria border

The Lebanese army late Thursday reinforced its presence in the northern region of Wadi Khaled, which borders Syria and is close to the flashpoint province of Homs, officials and local residents said.

"An army unit was seen deploying at a base in Wadi Khaled and then it began patrols inside villages and towns in the region," a local official in Muqaybleh told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Another official in Kneysseh, located in the same region, said troops were seen deploying in three villages along the border -- Kneysseh, Hnayder and Qarha.

Several local residents said the army was also searching cars and checking identification at the main checkpoint located at the entrance of Wadi Khaled, an impoverished region at the northern tip of Lebanon. more