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Nine die in airstrike near border

At least nine people were killed and nine others injured when a Syrian warplane struck targets near the border with Lebanon, Lebanon's state-run news agency says.

A Lebanese security official in the country's eastern Bekaa region confirmed the air strike and said it targeted the rebel-held Syrian town of Yabroud, just across the border from the Lebanese town of Arsal.

The area is known to house many refugees from the Syrian town of Qusair, which was captured by Syrian forces in June following battles that destroyed much of the town.

The official said those killed included six members of the same family.

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