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Machnouk meets delegation from trapped village

Prime Minister Tammam Salam (R) and Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk arrive at the Parliament in Beirut, Thursday, April 10, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk met Sunday with a delegation from the east Lebanon village trapped in a border enclave.

The delegation, headed by Sheikh Yousef Solh, held talks with the minister in presence of the Internal Security Forces Information Bureau chief, Col. Imad Othman.

Solh said the minister promised “to take care of the issue” and that some humanitarian aid would reach the trapped villagers.

The border village of Tfail has become isolated from Lebanese territory as the only accessible road to the Bekaa Valley ran through Syrian territory and has been cut off and seized by Syrian army soldiers as part of the regime’s offensive to root out rebels in the Qalamoun region.

Residents said the village, home to 3,000 Lebanese and around 5,000 Syrian refugees, had come under heavy bombardment earlier this week.

On Saturday, Machnouk held a meeting of officials, including Hezbollah’s top security official Wafik Safa, to resolve the village's situation by securing passage for the residents into the Bekaa Valley.

 

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