Wounded Syrians not allowed into Lebanon: NNA
BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army Friday has prevented 11 wounded Syrians from entering Lebanon through the southern Mount Hermon border region where heavy clashes had reportedly taken place between the Syrian Army and rebels.
The state-run National News Agency said “Syrian elements” tried to carry 11 wounded Syrians via the village of Shebaa, which connects it to Syria through Mount Hermon, but Lebanese soldiers positioned there prevented them from entering.
NNA said the wounded men, who had come from the Syrian village of Beit Jin, were forced to return.
The report did no say if the wounded men were rebel fighters or civilians.
Lebanese authorities have been cracking down on Syrians attempting to enter the country illegally.
The Lebanese Cabinet last month voted to stop accepting any new Syrian refugees.
MP Walid Jumblatt referred to the clashes in the predominantly Druze Syrian village of Arna in Mount Hermon, and warned against dragging the Druze into the conflict in Syria.
“Beware of using the Druze to face the revolution,” he wrote in a tweet. “It is time to stand neutral.”