An artillery engagement took place on the syrian-israeli border earlier in the day, according to israeli reports. Meanwhile, rumors of chemical weapons use are growing.
In syria itself, dozens were killed again on sunday. The syrian observatory for human rights in london, which is close to the opposition, reported that 32 people alone had died in attacks by government forces, including many children. Among them are 16 victims of an air strike in the kurdish village of hadad.
According to police reports, at least one person was killed and five others injured in lebanon when two shells fired from syria hit the town of al-kasr in the northeast of the country on sunday. Several houses have been damaged. Only on saturday three grenades had hit nearby. Shells from syria had also fallen elsewhere in lebanon on friday.
In the fighting in syria, government forces are reportedly trying to retake the town of al-kusair in the border province of homs with the support of lebanese hezbollah militias. The town, 30 kilometers from the lebanese border, lies on a strategically important route linking the south of the country with the capital, damascus.
There are also repeated incidents on the border with israel. Israeli army says soldiers took artillery and light weapons fire from syrian territory on friday night. Israeli artillery then fired on and hit the position from which the fire was opened. The identity of the attackers was unknown.
Meanwhile, there is new evidence of chemical weapons use in the syrian civil war. As the times reported over the weekend, british experts on nuclear, biological and chemical weapons are said to have found evidence of this during a secret mission. Citing unnamed defense sources, it says there was "conclusive evidence" that "some kind of chemical weapons" were used. This was the result of soil samples from the area around damascus that were smuggled out of the country and examined by scientists at the british ABC research center porton down. London urges weapons aid for rebels.
German bioweapons expert and deputy chairman of the left wing, jan van aken, criticized the "very, very stupid action by the british". He emphasized: "the UN inspectors are already sitting on cyprus, ready for action, and they alone have the credibility and legitimacy to investigate such serious accusations."Van aken, who has served as a bioweapons inspector for the united nations, added: "it is completely unclear where the soil sample came from and whether it can be safely ruled out that it has been tampered with."
Only a few days ago, the syrian leadership refused to allow the UN team of experts to enter the country, even though they had initially requested it themselves. Government and rebels accuse each other of using chemical weapons in aleppo province in march.
Syrian opposition members, meanwhile, reported a new suspicion. Two gas shells were reportedly fired from helicopters at the al-sheikh maksud neighborhood in aleppo, the human rights monitoring center reported. A woman and two children had been killed, 16 other people had been injured. "Our report is based on information from doctors and victims who were hospitalized for shortness of breath, nausea and eye problems," the head of the human rights monitors, rami abdul-rahman, told the dpa news agency.