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A Syrian citizen was severely injured Thursday after stepping on a landmine along an illegal border crossing between the Syrian village of Msherifeh and the Lebanese village of Al-Moqaibla.

National News Agency ( NNA) identified the injured Syrian as Ahmad Mustafa Khoder and reported that he was transferred to Our Lady of Peace Hospital in the Lebanese town of Qoubayat.

The NNA report added that “due to his critical condition, the injured Syrian will be [later] transferred to Tripoli’s public hospital” .

Syrian troops on Tuesday planted more mines along the border with northern Lebanon, in an area close to the flashpoint central province of Homs, a Lebanese official said.

“Syrian army units for three days have been planting mines along the border area between the Syrian village of Bweet and the Lebanese village of Hnayder,” the official from Hnayder said, requesting anonymity.

He said bulldozers were also reinforcing dirt mounds that separate the two borders.

Hnayder is located in Lebanon’s Wadi Khaled region where some 6,400 Syrians have sought refuge since the outbreak of the 11-month revolt against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

Syria in past months has planted mines near the area to prevent refugees streaming in or for Lebanon to become a safe haven for the Syrian opposition.

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