(ANSAmed) - Beirut, July 11 - Lebanon began strengthening its
military presence along its northern confines with Syria on
Tuesday night after repeated incidents of shelling by Syrian
forces of Lebanese border areas, Lebanese newspaper The Daily
Beirut decided to beef up its border presence on Monday and
on Wednesday the daily newspaper As Safir cited Lebanese army
chief, General Jean Qahwaji, as saying that a brigade of 2,000
soldiers would be needed to effectively control the border area.
On Monday night Syrian forces exchanged fire along the
border with unidentified militias in Lebanese territory. Shortly
afterwards, Syrian forces fired artillery shells into Lebanese
A Lebanese man died of a heart attack during the shelling and
two Syrian refugees were injured in a road accident while they
were trying to flee. On Saturday a further three people were
killed in similar shelling by the Syrian forces. (ANSAmed).