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The Syrian conflict is spreading in Lebanon. Europe condemns

(B2) The EU High Representative, Catherine Ashton, “ firmly condemned », by the voice of its spokesperson, Sunday (July 8) the “recent bombardments of the Lebanese border by Syrian artillery, causing numerous deaths and injuries ". She felt that these repeated incursions were to stop immediately ". " The Syrian regime must respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of its neighbors. The regime's brutality is having tragic effects in Syria and serious repercussions on neighboring countries, notably Lebanon. At the same time, she has praised Lebanon's effort to help Syrians fleeing violence » and stressed that the EU would support Lebanon to meet this burden.

5 deaths in Lebanon in a few days, is the conflict spreading?

Several incidents have taken place in Lebanon in recent days. Even if the Lebanese authorities downplay the incidents, they can only sow concern. On Saturday, Bashar al Assad's government forces bombed several villages in northern Lebanon, at several illegal crossing points,” according to Lebanese security forces. Rocket attacks from Syria also took place against villages. The death toll is 2 – a Lebanese teenager and an 8-year-old Syrian girl, according to our Lebanese colleagues atEast The Day– and around ten people were injured. During the night from Monday to Tuesday, other shells fell and heavy shooting took place on both sides of the border in the Wadi Khaled region, killing three people (two Syrians and a Lebanese) according to the Cross -Lebanese red. Furthermore, the High Relief Committee (an organization attached to the Lebanese Prime Minister) announced on Tuesday (July 10) that it would no longer cover the hospitalization costs in Lebanon of injured Syrians and refugees in Lebanon, according to the Lebanese press.

NB: These slippages – which nevertheless remain limited – however, raise fears of a spillover phenomenon, as several senior officials in Cyprus have recently voiced fears. We can also wonder if the presence of international observers, on the Lebanese side, would not be necessary, to “mark” an international presence.

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).