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More Missiles Moving into Lebanon

More missiles have been sent to Lebanon from Syria, this time due to fears the Assad regime may be ready to fall.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 6/25/2011, 10:43 PM / Last Update: 6/25/2011, 10:29 PM

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Hundreds of missiles have been moved into Lebanon from Syria in the past several weeks, according to a report published Saturday in the French newspaper Le Figaro.

A "Western expert" quoted in the report described trucks ferrying long-range Iranian missiles to Hizbullah bases in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, just over the border.

Among the ordnance were Fajr 4, Fajr 3 and Zilzal missiles, allegedly removed by Hizbullah from Syria due to fears the regime of President Bashar al-Assad may fall.

According to the report, Hizbullah is unsure it would enjoy the same strong support under a new government that it has under the Assad regime, where it was able to maintain its own storage depots.

The terrorist organization is also fearful that Israel may bomb its convoys as they transport the missiles to Lebanon, the source told the French newspaper. Unnamed intelligence agencies have been monitoring the progress of the convoys, which are camouflaged.

Hundreds of Syrians, some with gunshot wounds,also  crossed into neighboring Lebanon over the weekend. The human traffic, however, arrived in search of refuge from the growing government crackdown in their homeland, a Lebanese security official said Saturday. Other Syrians marched in a funeral for victims of the crackdown outside Damascus, demanding Assad's ouster from power.

Most refugees arriving at the Lebanese border came after Syrian security forces opened fire on protesters in anti-regime demonstrations across Syria on Friday. Syrian activists said 20 people were killed, including two children aged 12 and 13.