Lebanese Army Heads to Border with Syria

The army in Lebanon sent commandos to the border with Syria during the afternoon Monday, preparing for a spillover of the armed conflict in Syria as rebels continue to flee into the country from Syria after their stronghold fell to forces loyal to the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Lebanon has had a great deal of concern since Sunday when Yabroud fell and rebels in Syria started to flee and pour into Arsal, the Lebanese town dominated by the Sunni. The town is surrounded by Shiite villages that are guarded by militants from Hezbollah.

With rebel fighters crossing over into Lebanon, where the Hezbollah is a big force, the smaller neighbor of Syria is likely to be sucked into the conflict even more. The ongoing Syrian civil war has already ignited sectarian tension between Shiites and Sunnis in Lebanon.

On Monday, a number of rockets struck Lebweh a predominately Shiite village close to Arsal. That rocket fire caused some damages but there were no casualties. However, angry residents in Labweh said those rockets had been fired from the town of Arsal and closed the road between each town, with sand bags guarded by heavily armed fighters from Hezbollah.

Earlier, troops from the Lebanon army along with commandos patrolled the hilly, rugged border area. They found abandoned vehicles that had been rigged with explosives.

The fall of the town of Yabroud a hub for smuggling for rebels attempting to overthrow President Assad was a big gain for the government of Syria and their allies Hezbollah. It had been the last stronghold of the opposition rebels in the important area of the border. Forces from the government have now been able to consolidate authority in the major cities in Syria, including Damascus the capital.

The fall of Yabroud has came following months of battles in the region of Qalamoun between the forces of Assad and the fighters of Hezbollah against the rebels, mostly militant groups that are Islamist.

The fighters from Hezbollah were instrumental in the success of Assad in the conflict and support from the group backed by Iran.

Sunni militants in Lebanon have over the past few weeks carried out a number of suicide bombings in the towns dominated by Shiites.

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