Lebanese soldiers patrol a highway in the Bekaa Valley, east Lebanon. (AP Photo/File)
BEIRIUT: Armed clashes broke out after midnight between a Syrian-backed Palestinian faction and gunmen in the Bekaa Valley, the state-owned National News Agency said Wednesday.
NNA said the fighting with machine gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades pitted members of Ahmad Jibril’s Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command against an armed group.
The clashes, which took place between the PFLP-GC base at Al-Baida hill and the nearby plains of Kfar Zabad, dwindled around 04:30 a.m., the NNA said.
It said Lebanese Army vehicles were seen patrolling the main Kfar Zabad road and sub-roads in Sehaileh.
PFLP-GC official Abu Imad Mustafa said a 15-strong armed group “attacked” a party position, as well as another post for the Lebanese Army in Kfar Zabad.
Mustafa said he believed the assault was designed “to distract attention from what is happening in Arsal,” a reference to the ongoing battles between the Lebanese Army and jihadists who overran the Bekaa Valley border town Saturday.
He said there were no casualties in the dawn attack.
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