BEIRUT: President Michel Sleiman said Thursday that recent Syrian airstrikes on north Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley were unjustified as reports had shown the targets were nonmilitary, hours before a new round of strikes targeted areas near the town of Arsal. Arsal’s Deputy Mayor Ahmad al-Fliti told The Daily Star a Syrian aerial strike hit Seeraj al-Ajram, 4 kilometers northeast of Arsal, wounding five and killing one woman – all Syrians.

“Several ambulances traveled immediately to the targeted area to transfer the wounded to clinics and hospitals,” Fliti said in separate remarks to AFP.