BEIRUT — Syria has accepted a peace plan by U.N. envoy Kofi Annan, which includes a cease-fire by Syrian forces and a daily two-hour halt to fighting to evacuate the injured, Annan's spokesman said Tuesday.
But there was no immediate end to the bloodshed as intense clashes between Syrian troops and rebel fighters spilled across the border into Lebanon on Tuesday and heavy gunfire slammed into the rural, sparsely populated frontier area, officials said.
Syrian troops did not physically cross the border, however, according to two Lebanese security officials, one from the police and another from the military. The fighting erupted in the Mashareaa al-Qaa area, on the Syrian side.
The U.N. says more than 8,000 people have been killed in Syria's yearlong uprising. There are concerns that the conflict could cause a regional conflagration that sucks in neighboring countries.