Bus accident kills 8 Syrians, injures 29

Mar 15, 2013, 4:08 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Officials say at least eight Syrians were killed and 29 were injured when the bus they were traveling in from Syria overturned in the mountains in central Lebanon.

The bus was headed to the Lebanese capital, Beirut, when the accident occurred in the Kahhaleh region.

George Kettaneh, operations director for the Lebanese Red Cross, says eight people died in the accident, including women and children.

He says it's unclear why the bus overturned. Also, it was not immediately known whether the Syrians where refugees fleeing the violence in their country. The bus had Syrian license plates from the northeastern Hassakeh province, which recently witnessed heavy clashes.

The U.N. says there are now 360,000 registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon.