May 15, 2011
Three people have been shot dead and at least five others, including a Lebanese soldier, have been injured following gunfire near an unofficial border crossing between Syria and northern Lebanon.
They were targeted by snipers as they left a sit-in protest in the western Syrian town of Talkalakh on Sunday, a witness told the AFP news agency.
Syrian troops arrived in the town, just 5km from the Lebanese town of Wadi Khaled, on Saturday, prompting thousands to flee a violent crackdown that left killed four residents of the town dead – a day after a protest there against the government of president Bashar al-Assad.
Meanwhile, Israeli forces shot dead four Syrians who were taking part in a pro-Palestinian protest on the Syrian side of the border with the occupied Golan Heights, Syrian state TV reported.