Lebanese soldier wounded by Syrian security forces


A military official says a Lebanese soldier has been wounded from gunfire coming from the Syrian side of the border.

Sunday’s shooting comes amid growing concerns that the upheaval from a two-month uprising in Syria is also causing unrest in neighboring Lebanon.

At least seven people were killed on Sunday as the Syrian army pounded the town of Tall Kalakh, near the borders with Lebanon, an activist told AFP on condition of anonymity.

More than 5,000 Syrians have fled the area in the past weeks.

“At least seven people, including two women, were killed by security forces who are indiscriminately shelling four districts in the town,” the activist said on the telephone, quoting witnesses.

He said there were probably more casualties but that so far the names of the seven who were killed had been confirmed.

Hundreds of people have fled Tall Kalakh in recent days amid a brutal crackdown by authorities bidding to crush an unprecedented revolt against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.