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A Syrian woman in Tripoli and a Lebanese gas station owner in the Bekaa valley both tried to immolate themselves but were saved when bystanders intervened. At least two rockets from Syria landed near Baalbek. About 50 rockets have reportedly been fired this month at Lebanese towns in Hezbollah strongholds.
During a clash in Beirut between Salafists and Hezbollah-linked supporters of the Assad regime in Syria, one person was killed and 15 were wounded. Fugitive Salafist preacher Ahmad al-Assir released a video accusing two Lebanese political blocs of seeking to kill him and suggested that Sunnis defect from the Lebanese army. A Maronite bishop escaped a kidnapping attempt in Zahle.
Some 300 Islamist fighters from the Jund al Sham are thought to have fled to Lebanon after Syrian forces captured the Krak des Chevaliers in Homs. As many as 1,000 Lebanese Jund al Sham fighters and their families are said to have survived an ambush near the Bqaiaa crossing in the Wadi Khaled area. Among those killed at the Krak des Chevaliers battle was Jund al-Sham emir Khaled Mahmoud al-Dandashi, a Lebanese national and former Fatah al Islam fighter. In Tripoli, 25 people have been killed and 175 wounded in nine days of clashes between supporters and opponents of the Assad regime. Regime forces killed two shepherds in Anjar.
After the Syrian army's capture of the Krak des Chevaliers in Homs, a number of rebels have fled into Lebanon, including at least 45 wounded who reached Wadi Khaled and were taken by the Lebanese Red Cross to hospitals in Akkar. Security sources said many of the fleeing fighters were from the Al Nusrah Front. Four Syrian airstrikes targeting fleeing rebels hit Arsal, wounding a child. The new coalition government won a vote of confidence.
Sniper fire in an Alawite neighborhood in Tripoli killed one person and injured six others, including a child. Sniper fire also caused the closure of a highway between Tripoli and Akkar. Gunmen fired RPGs at an army post in Qibbeh, injuring several soldiers. Two rockets landed in Hermel. The Army deployed to the Sunni town of Arsal to defuse tensions, and arrested 15 people there and unblocked the main road into town.
One person was killed during protests against the Shiite town of Labweh's blocking of the main road into the Sunni town of Arsal to shut off Syrian rebel activity. A Syrian worker in Beirut was stabbed to death purportedly "in revenge for Yabroud." Two soldiers and a civilian were wounded in a firefight in Tripoli between gunmen and military forces.
The army arrested 21 gunmen, 19 of whom were Syrians, as they tried to enter the country from Syria near Wadi Khaled. Security at the border has been heightened as many Syrian opposition fighters fleeing Yabroud have sought refuge in Lebanon. Four rockets fired from Syria landed in the towns of Nabi Othman and Labweh, injuring one person. The army detonated a rigged car in the Bekaa valley. Among those killed in yesterday's suicide bombing in the Bekaa valley was local Hezbollah leader Abdul Rahman al-Qadhi. The Al Nusrah Front in Lebanon claimed the attack as retaliation for Hezbollah's role in the battle for Yabroud.
A suicide car bomb killed two Hezbollah members and two other people in the Bekaa valley; the attack was claimed by the Al Nusrah Front and The Brigade of Free Sunnis in Baalbek. Syrian military airstrikes targeting rebel fighters in Arsal killed two fighters and wounded 11. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham claimed the March 15 rocket attack on Labweh. Islamic Jihad has urged Hezbollah, the Amal movement, and Palestinian Islamist factions in Lebanon to develop a memorandum of understanding to help resolve tensions; the agreement is expected to be signed also by Hamas, Osbat al-Ansar, and by the spiritual leader of Islamists in the Ain al-Hilweh camp, Sheikh Jamal Khattab.