Lebanese protesters closed two major roads in northern Lebanon Wednesday to prevent fuel tankers from crossing into Syria, Lebanon's state-run news agency and security officials said.
The National News Agency said the protesters blocked the roads leading to Arida and Dabousiyeh border crossing points. Witnesses said the roads were blocked for hours with rocks and barriers, but then protesters reopened the roads for civilian cars and other vehicles other than trucks.
The protesters claim some diesel exported to Syria is being used by regime tanks in the country's nearly two-year-old civil war that has killed nearly 70,000 people.
The protests in predominantly-Sunni northern Lebanon came a day after the energy ministry denied reports that government-owned refineries were sending diesel to Syria. The ministry said private companies were sending fuel to Syria.