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28 April 2012 Last updated at 08:40 ET

The ship "Lutfallah II" believed to be carrying three containers of weapons, is docked at a Lebanese navy base, in Beirut, Lebanon, on Saturday April 28, 2012. Lebanon says weapons seized on the Lutfullah II were bound for the rebels

Syrian rebel gunmen in inflatable dinghies have attacked a military unit on the Mediterranean coast, with deaths on both sides, state media report.

It is thought to be the first rebel assault from the sea. Separately, Lebanon says its navy has seized weapons destined for the rebels.

Clashes between security forces and deserting troops left heavy casualties near Damascus and Aleppo, reports say.

The violence comes despite a shaky ceasefire in force since 12 April.

On Thursday UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned that Syria’s government was “in contravention” of a UN- and Arab League-backed peace plan.

Clashes Saturday’s violence came after the Lebanese navy said it had found and confiscated three containers full of arms and ammunition bound for the rebels.

The ship, the Lutfallah II, is reported to have begun its voyage fromĀ  Libya, stopped off in Alexandria in Egypt, and then headed for the port of Tripoli in northern Lebanon before it was intercepted.

A handout picture released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network shows an anti-regime demonstration in the town of Dael in Daraa province on April 27, 2012. About 15 UN observers are monitoring a shaky ceasefire in Syria

The BBC’s Jim Muir in Beirut says it is believed the consignment was destined for the rebels in Syria, with whom the new Libyan regime strongly sympathises.