Lebanese soldiers flash victory signs top their armored carriers as they advance towards Arsal, east Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug.6, 2014. (REUTERS/Hassan Abdallah)
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Militant forces will withdraw from Arsal and captured security personnel will be released during a new 24-hour ceasefire, which was reached through negotiations, a security source told The Daily Star.After reaching the agreement, the Committee of Muslim Scholars, which negotiated the deal, left the town with three released Army soldiers, the source added.Lebanese troops fought heavy battles with ISIS militants Wednesday before the truce was announced.Lebanese Army fired artillery shells to repel militant attacks, the sources told The Daily Star.The Lebanese Army had agreed to another 24-hour humanitarian cease-fire to allow the evacuation of wounded civilians from Arsal and support ongoing efforts to release kidnapped soldiers held by Islamist militants.The death toll the Arsal clashes stands at 17 soldiers, 50 militants and 12 civilians killed, according to a security source.
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