The Lebanese Republic, like other regional countries, is continuing to experience dangerous repercussions from the Syrian civil war that is oftentimes playing out along its borders. Syrian rebel fighters this week launched rocket attacks into Lebanon’s northern Bekaa Valley region with the goal of hitting pro-Assad Shia fighters in the town of Hermel. Demonstrating the complex web of connections between Lebanon and Syria, a large delegation of senior pro-Assad Lebanese politicians traveled to Syria for talks with President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday. At the same time, a high-ranking official of the powerful Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah was quoted as saying that the defense of Lebanese living in Syrian border towns is a moral duty. (April 21, 2013 Reuters; April 22, 2013 Al-Bawaba; April 22, 2013 The Daily Star)