Civil war spills into Le­banon

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT - By Bar­bara surk

BEIRUT — Syria’s civil war spilled over into neigh­bor­ing Le­banon once again Sun­day, with gun bat­tles in the north­ern city of Tripoli be­tween sup­port­ers and op­po­nents of Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad’s regime that left four dead.

Nine Syr­ian judges and pros­e­cu­tors also de­fected to the op­po­si­tion. It was the lat­est set­back for the regime, which ap­pears in­creas­ingly em­bat­tled with rebels mak­ing gains in north­ern Syria and near Da­m­as­cus, the cap­i­tal.

The de­fect­ing judges posted a joint state­ment on­line urg­ing oth­ers to join them and break ranks with As­sad’s regime.

In Geneva, the United Na­tion’s Spe­cial Repre- sen­ta­tive for Syria and the Arab League, Lakd­har Brahimi, met with Rus­sian Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Mikhail Bog­danov and U.S. Deputy Sec­re­tary of State Wil­liam Burns to dis­cuss the cri­sis in Syria. They said in a joint state­ment that the sit­u­a­tion in Syria was “bad and get­ting worse,” adding that a po­lit­i­cal process to end the con­flict was “still nec­es­sary and still pos­si­ble.”

In Le­banon, fight­ing be­tween pro-and an­tiAs­sad gun­men flared as bod­ies of three Le­banese, who were killed af­ter cross­ing into Syria to fight in the civil war were brought back home for burial, the Na­tional News Agency said.

Four peo­ple were killed and 12 were wounded in the gun­fights.

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