Bassil stressed the need to “free the Roumieh Prison from its occupiers who have turned it in to a terrorist operation room,” referring the prison’s Islamist inmates. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said Sunday that recent incidents in Arsal were a result of a heavy Syrian influx into Lebanon for the past three years, arguing that the migration had created a support base for terrorism in the country.After the withdrawal of fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) and the Nusra Front -- some of whom resided in Syrian refugee camps in Arsal -- and the cease-fire that allowed the entry of needed aid into the town, militants are still holding 25 hostages: 17 members of the Internal Security Forces and 8 soldiers, according to a security source.
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