BEIRUT, June 19 (Reuters) - A Syrian rebel unit has claimed
responsibility in a video for killing four Shi'ite men in
Lebanon this week as Syria's civil war spills into its smaller,
religiously divided neighbour.
In the video, posted on Tuesday by a group calling itself
the "Syrian Mujahideen Unit", a fighter says his brigade killed
the four men as they were trying to enter Syria.
He said they were members of Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shi'ite
militant group that has actively helped Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad in his fight against a mostly Sunni Muslim revolt.
Another video posted by the same group showed the four men's
identification cards as well as two assault rifles and two
pistols the Syrian rebels say they found on the men.
The civil war in Syria has inflamed tensions in Lebanon's
Bekaa Valley near the border, where Sunnis who support the
Syrian rebels live close to Shi'ites who back Assad.
Rockets fired from areas believed to be controlled by Syrian
rebels have targeted the Shi'ite town of Hermel in the past,
while a Syrian helicopter has crossed into Lebanon and fired at
buildings in Sunni border areas.
Some Lebanese Sunnis have gone to fight alongside rebels in
Syria, where anti-Assad protests erupted in March 2011 and met a
violent response. An armed conflict then developed in which the
United Nations says 93,000 people have been killed and 1.6
million refugees have fled to neighbouring countries.
(Reporting by Oliver Holmes and Reuters TV; Editing by Alistair