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Syrian troops advance towards 'Lebanon rebel bastion'

Syrian soldiers entered eastern districts of the town of Yabroud and advanced towards the main street of the last major rebel bastion near the Lebanese border north of Damascus, Lebanese media reported.

According to Al Mayadeen television, capturing Yabroud would help President Bashar al-Assad secure the land route linking his Mediterranean coastal stronghold with the capital Damascus, and choke off a cross-border rebel supply line from Lebanon.

Mass street protests against Assad broke out three years ago and escalated into civil war after a violent security crackdown on demonstrators.


Israeli warplanes strike in eastern Lebanon

Israeli warplanes struck a target in eastern Lebanon near the border with Syria on Monday, security sources told Reuters.

It was not immediately known what the target was or the exact location of the air strike, which occurred in a mountainous area near the border.

The Israeli army declined to comment but an Israeli security source confirmed that there has been "unusually intense air force activity in the north", referring to Lebanon.


Lebanon Minister: It's crazy the Iranians not at talks

ITV News Middle East correspondent Geraint Vincent has tweeted:

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