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AFP, BRUSSELS

Lebanon’s Salafist Sunni Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir has urged his followers to join the fight against the Syrian regime and Hezbollah forces in Qusayr, calling it “a religious duty.”

The conflict, which began in March 2011 and has killed more than 70,000 people, has regularly spilled across the border, with two new mortar rounds hitting the eastern Lebanese region of Hermel on Tuesday.

In letters to the UN, meanwhile, Damascus condemned as an “act of aggression” the EU’s decision on Monday to ease an oil embargo on Syria so rebels could exploit the resources they control.

At least 134 people were killed throughout Syria on Monday, the observatory reported, including 50 rebels, 47 civilians and 38 soldiers.

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