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Aid convoy to Arsal prevented from entering: security source

Lebanese soldiers walk past a lorry carrying aid that was stopped by residents from entering the town of Arsal, on the border with Syria, because they feared the products would end up in the hands of jihadist fighters on August 6, 2014. AFP PHOTO / STR

BEIRUT: A humanitarian aid convoy traveling to Arsal from the Bekaa was stopped by armed residents of Labweh Wednesday. The aid organization Igatheyya, which coordinates care for Syrian refugees across Lebanon, organized the passage of eleven trucks to Arsal with the Lebanese Army.

The convoy left the Bekaa town of Talabayya around 12:00 this afternoon.

When the trucks, which were carrying bread, water and medical supplies, reached the Labweh road leading to Arsal, however, they were stopped by armed residents of the town.

Hezbollah, which is fighting alongside the Syrian regime, enjoys wide support in Labweh, while residents of Arsal have been sympathetic to the Syrian uprising.

Residents of Labweh threw rocks at the trucks, an Igatheyya employee told The Daily Star, and the Army subsequently told the drivers to turn back to Bekaa as tensions rose.

The Daily Star was able to briefly make contact with a member of the convoy, but her voice could barely be heard over the yelling in the background.

 

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