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Ten rockets launched from Syria into the Hezbollah stronghold of Hemel killed at least one person and wounded several others. A roadside bomb detonated in the Bekaa valley as two vans carrying Hezbollah fighters to Syria passed by, but there were no casualties.
Masked gunmen blocked roads and closed shops in Tripoli in protest against Hezbollah's victory in the Syrian city of Qusayr. The Lebanese military seized an arms warehouse near Bab al-Tabbaneh belonging to Ziad Alouki, who is accused of stirring up sectarian strife by claiming that soldiers stepped on a Koran. Clashes continued between the Sunni Bab al-Tabbaneh and Alawite Jabal Mohsen communities in Tripoli. Security forces in Sidon tried to contain protests by residents against a planned rally by the Islamist group Al-Jamaa al-Islamiya in the city.
Hezbollah fighters killed at least 12 Syrian rebels in an ambush outside Baalbek, in the first clash between the two groups on Lebanese soil. One report said 17 Al Nusrah Front fighters were killed while preparing to launch rockets; another said 14 Free Syrian Army fighters were killed. Hezbollah losses were put at one killed and four wounded. At least 15 rockets from Syria landed in Lebanon over the weekend. Israeli warplanes conducted low-altitude flights over east and south Lebanon today. Parliament postponed general elections for 17 months for security reasons.
Lebanese Hezbollah leader Nasrallah confirmed that Hezbollah was fighting in Syria, and vowed to continue the fight. He claimed that attacks by Sunni Islamists against Syria and Lebanon were part of an American plot to protect Israeli interests. Two rockets landed in the al-Shayyah area of Beirut, injuring at least five people, including three Syrians. The Free Syrian Army denied responsibility for the attack.
Army intelligence forces arrested four members of an al Qaeda cell in Ain el-Rummaneh and seized "a quantity of explosives and detonators in their possession." The four are described as Lebanese and Syrian nationals; a search is on for the remaining cell members.
A senior Lebanese security official said the Al Nusrah Front has spread its influence in north Lebanon in recent months. President Sleiman accused Israel of threats and "daily aerial violations" after Israel criticized UN efforts to keep track of Hezbollah's weapons; Israel estimates that Hezbollah has 60,000 rockets.
Lebanese Hezbollah downplayed the likelihood of unrest as the country's political instability worsens following the resignation of the government last month. Gunmen fired at Syrian trucks in Tripoli. A Syrian helicopter fired two rockets at a town near Arsal, an area largely sympathetic to the Syrian rebels; no casualties were reported.
State-run media reported that Salafist cleric Sheikh Salem al-Rafehi escaped an assassination attempt as he was leaving al-Taqwa Mosque in Tripoli; an MP is urging his supporters not to be "dragged into strife" by the incident. Gunmen in Wadi Khaled kidnapped eight Syrian Alawites and are holding them for the release of Mohammed Hussein al-Ahmad, a Lebanese Sunni said to be held by Syrian forces.
Three days of fighting in Tripoli left 12 people dead. The fighting occurred between a Sunni neighborhood that supports Syrian rebels and an Alawite community that supports the Assad regime. The Lebanese army deployed to stop the fighting.
Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced the resignation of his government amid disputes over upcoming parliamentary elections. The resignations exacerbated sectarian tensions fueled by the fighting in Syria.
Lebanon began building a line of watchtowers along its Syrian border. The towers are to help the Lebanese Army control the border region that has been increasingly drawn into the Syrian conflict.
The UK announced it would train 2,000 Lebanese soldiers amid concerns that Lebanon is being drawn into the Syrian civil war. The UK also offered to provide "equipment support" for the Lebanese army.
A former Lebanese minister and two Syrian Intelligence officers were indicted for plotting a wave of bomb attacks in Lebanon. The plots were allegedly instigated by the Syrian government.
Hezbollah and the Lebanese Army are said to be on high alert for fear Israel will conduct a surprise raid similar to the recent raid in Syria. A colonel in Israel's Nahal Brigade, which will soon increase deployment in the north of Israel, said that "[w]e are psychologically ready for battle in Lebanon."
A judge issued arrest warrants for two top Syrian intelligence officials. They were accused of being involved with a former Lebanese minister who was plotting a wave of attacks at the behest of Syria.
Gunmen ambushed the convoy of a Lebanese government minister in Tripoli, wounding three people. The attack occurred during a protest demanding the release of imprisoned Islamists.
Fighting continued in Tripoli between groups loyal to the opposing sides in the Syrian civil war. At least 10 people have been killed in the last three days.
Fighting continued between pro-Assad Alawites and anti-Assad Sunni groups in Tripoli. At least six people have been killed and dozens injured over the past two days.
Gunmen loyal to opposite sides in Syria's civil war clashed in Tripoli. Two were killed and 12 wounded.
Hezbollah warned it would fire thousands of rockets into Israel in any future war. The Lebanese Army arrested five Syrians found with explosives and suspected of planning an attack on a Shiite Muslim procession.