According to ABC News, the Syrian conflict spilled into two border countries, Lebanon and Turkey, a day before a ceasefire agreement between the security forces and opposition group is supposed to take effect.
In Lebanon, Syrian forces killed Ali Shaaban, a cameraman for the Al Jadeed television station, who was filming in the northern Wadi Khaled area in Lebanon. The gunfire came from the nearby Syrian village of Armouta.
Syrian forces also fired into a refugee camp in Turkey, wounding at least six people.
“The soldiers were apparently firing at rebels who tried to escape to the refugee camp after ambushing a military checkpoint, according to the Britain-based activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which cited a network of sources on the ground.”
Turkey has welcomed thousands of refugees from Syria who have crossed the border in an attempt to flee the violence. It is estimated that Turkey has welcomed roughly 24,000 refugees, including army defectors, and is thinking about setting up a buffer zone inside Syria in case the number of displaced people crossing the border becomes overwhelming, according to the article.
A ceasefire agreement was promised by al-Assad and the opposition group and is scheduled to begin tomorrow, April 10. However, with the ongoing violence, the Syrian government’s last minute demand– saying forces will not withdraw its troops without written guarantees from opposition fighters that they will lay down their arms– and the opposition group’s unwillingness to comply, the six-point peace plan created by U.N. international envoy Kofi Annan seems to be in tatters, according to the article.