Syria closes border with Lebanon

Syria has closed a border post with Lebanon because of the month-long battle between the Lebanese army and the Fatah al-Islam group, the Sana state news agency said.

Syria closes border with Lebanon
Syria has closed a border post with Lebanon because of the month-long battle between the Lebanese army and the Fatah al-Islam group, the Sana state news agency said.

The Jussa-Al-Qaa crossing will remain closed "until calm has returned to northern Lebanon", it said late on Wednesday.

The closure, it said, was designed "to protect Syrian and Lebanese citizens".

Lebanese politicians have said Fatah al-Islam, which has been locked in a battle with the Lebanese army at a Palestinian refugee camp in the north, is linked to Syrian intelligence, an allegation denied by Damascus.

On May 20, at the outbreak of the clashes in Lebanon, Syria shut two other border posts, at Arida and Dabussiya.

Two other crossings remain open, notably on the main Damascus-Beirut highway.
Last Mod: 21 Haziran 2007, 18:30
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