Lebanese citizens in the back of a pickup truck flee Arsal, a predominantly Sunni Muslim town near the Syrian border in eastern Lebanon, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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Mohammad had just finished a phone call with his brother, a commando in the Lebanese Army fighting in Arsal.Another brother was trapped in the town, unable to leave.Both now stood in the mixed Sunni-Christian town of Fakiha, just a few kilometers from Arsal, where some displaced families from Arsal sought refuge.Mohammad said other families who fled the town had mostly gone to homes of relatives or friends in other cities, including Beirut and Sidon.Makram Malaeb, head of the Social Affairs Ministry's Refugee Unit, told The Daily Star that about 508 Lebanese families had been displaced from Arsal, while around 32,000 Lebanese and 50,000 Syrians remain in the town.
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