Reporting from Beirut — Syrian security forces Sunday stormed homes in the town of Tall Kalakh and fired on people at a nearby Lebanese border crossing as they tried to flee the country's violent crackdown, killing at least eight people and wounding five, news agencies and activists reported.
The border incident marks the first time the violence in Syria has spilled into Lebanon, which has for decades been under the political sway of its larger and more powerful neighbor. A Lebanese soldier was among the injured and the army dispatched reinforcements to its borders with Syria.
Lebanon also saw violence on its southern border, as Palestinian protesters marked the annual Day of Nakba, or "catastrophe," mourning the displacement of Palestinians with the establishment of Israel. At least 10 people died in clashes there, and some suspect the Syrian leadership is seeking ways to turn regional attention from its brutality against protesters by creating international crises.
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The subheadline on an earlier online version of this article misspelled Tall Kalakh as Tall Tekalakh.
Hundreds of Syrians have fled to Lebanon, where many have family ties. A recent upsurge of violence in Talkalakh has sent residents scurrying to the border crossing near the Lebanese town of Wadi Khaled. Some have arrived with gunshot wounds.