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Lebanese Army on alert for Arsal unrest

Lebanese soldiers check identity cards at a checkpoint set up in the northern port city of Tripoli on August 5, 2014. AFP/Ibrahim Chalhoub

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army went on full alert in Arsal Sunday after a militant-affiliated Arsal resident was killed Saturday night and irregular activity targeted the border region’s outskirts.

A resident of the Lebanese border town was killed by Arsal locals in a clash that erupted late Saturday night, a source told The Daily Star.

Armed individuals, alleged to be militants, attempted to track down the killers in Arsal, the source said.

Irregular activity has also targeted the ravaged village’s outskirts, as motorcycles and pickup trucks were seen heading from Arsal toward the militants' border hide out.

In response, the Army reinforced its positions in the town, erecting checkpoints and dispatching patrols.

At least 60 militants were killed, in addition to 19 troops and over 15 civilians in five days of clashes triggered by the arrest of a Syrian militant, Imad Jomaa, on Aug.2.

There are 29 security personnel still being held hostage by the militants who retreated into rugged territory to the east of Arsal under an agreement brokered by the Muslim Scholars Committee.

 

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