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A Syrian army patrol crossed the Lebanese border near the northern town Mouanse on Thursday as it was chasing its citizens who were fleeing the violence , the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) said.

“The patrol crossed the border and entered around 200 meters into Lebanese territory, while shooting at fleeing Syrian citizens ,” according to an LAF statement.

It also said that the patrol returned to the Syrian side of the territory “but kept shooting in the direction of the Lebanese territories”

“The shooting caused slight damage to one of the Lebanese military vehicles,” the LAF said, adding that it is coordinating with the Syrian army concerning the incident.

With a government that is heavily influence by the Iranian and Syrian-backed Hezbollah , Lebanon is not expected to file any complaints to the UN over the incident which is a blatant violation of Lebanon’s , sovereignty according to local observers

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