Twenty-two young men, including a Palestinian, from the Lebanese city of Tripoli were killed on Friday in the Syrian border town of Tal Kalakh, a Lebanese security source and an Islamist leader said.
“There are reports that 21 Lebanese nationals and one Palestinian have been killed in Syria,” the local official said on condition of anonymity.
Earlier, a security source said he was informed the men “went to Syria to fight with the rebels and were all killed in an ambush in Homs province,” which borders Lebanon.
The source said 14 of the bodies had been delivered to a Syrian hospital by government troops.
The majority of people in the predominantly Sunni port city of Tripoli back the rebellion against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who belongs to the Alawite sect of Shiite Islam.
“Young Islamists from different parts of the city left Tripoli this morning (Friday) and were killed in an ambush in Tal Kalakh by regime forces,” an Islamist leader in the city said.
“According to our information, they were summarily executed and not killed in combat,” he said.