Syrian troops began planting mines at dawn in an area facing two Lebanese villages – Knaysseh and Al-Hnayder in northern Lebanon in an apparent bid to stem weapons smuggling along the porous border, a Lebanese official told AFP.

“A number of Syrian soldiers were also seen deploying on the Syrian side of the border, near the Syrian villages of Heet and Buwayt,” the official said.

The border area in question has been used to smuggle goods between the two countries.

The army’s action comes as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad faces an unprecedented revolt against his regime.

Over 3000 Syrians have been killed by the Syrian security forces in their crackdown against the pro-democracy protesters

The revolt started last March 15

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