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Army issues video of regained headquarters

Soldiers on guard outside the border town of Arsal, Monday, August 4, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army released a video Monday showing it had regained total control of one of its headquarters in the town of Arsal, after it was briefly seized by Islamist militants.

The video showed Army vehicles positioned in Arsal’s Vocational School, which is located in the vicinity of one of its posts in the town.

The Army regained control Sunday of the position, which falls at the entrance of the town, after fierce clashes with the gunmen.

The 42 seconds footage displayed the bodies of six fighters killed during the battles. Over 20 other men could be seen handcuffed and sitting on the floor, with their heads turned toward the wall.

Mobiles, IDs and assault rifles that were confiscated from the fighters were also displayed.

Clashes broke out between the Lebanese Army and Islamist fighters on Saturday when Syrian rebels stormed Army positions in Arsal.

The attack came shortly after the Army arrested a senior official from the Fajr al-Islam battalion, which pledged allegiance to ISIS in June.

Three days of fighting in Arsal has taken the lives of 14 soldiers, with still 22 missing. At least 12 civilians have also been killed, along with some 50 militants. Sixteen national police have also been kidnapped.

 

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