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Three Lebanese men were shot and killed Tuesday evening by gunfire from the Syrian side of the border with north Lebanon, National News Agency reported.

NNA said the incident happened near the area of Muqaybaleh in the Wadi Khaled area of Akkar, and struck the three men in their car as they were trying to enter lebanon from Syria

The three were identified as Maher Abu Zeid from the village of Majdal, and brothers Khaled and Mohammad Abu Sakhr, from the village of Heet.

Heavy machine guns were reportedly used by the Syrian troops in the deadly incident.

The shooting came as Arab League observers started a mission in Syria aimed at stopping nine months of bloody clashes during an uprising against the regime.

Some Syrians have fled to Lebanon to escape the fighting, and Syria has complained that weapons are being smuggled across its borders. It was not immediately clear if the shooting was related to the uprising in Syria.

This is not the first border incident

In September, heavy gunshots were fired from Syria towards villages in the northern region of Akkar, creating a state of panic among the residents in the area.

Also in September and on the Lebanon’s northern border a Lebanese army patrol was fired at by the Syrian arm.

In May, one woman was killed and several other people were wounded when gunshots were fired from Syria towards the town of al-Buqaia in the North.

Syrian troops have regularly staged incursions into Lebanon in recent months, killing several people.

Lebanon and Syria share a 330-kilometer border but have yet to agree on official demarcation.

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