Assad troops plant land mines on Syria-Lebanon border

02.10.2011                      05.Cheschwan. 5772

Syrien I:

Assad troops plant land mines on Syria-Lebanon border

Mines are aimed at preventing weapons smuggling, but – as Syrians flee – mines suggest Assad regime is trying to contain a crisis that is spinning out of control.

Syria has planted land mines along parts of its border with Lebanon, further sealing itself off from the world and showing just how deeply shaken Bashar Assad's regime has become since an uprising began nearly eight months ago.
Although Assad's hold on power is firm, the 46-year-old eye doctor is taking increasingly desperate measures to safeguard his grip on the country of 22 million people at the heart of the Arab world. A Syrian official confirmed to The Associated Press that troops were laying the mines, saying they were aimed at stopping weapons smuggling into the country during the uprising….