Lebanese Army soldiers in Arsal. (REUTERS/Hassan Abdallah)
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The Lebanese Army has imposed a siege on the outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal, where militants are holding 25 servicemen hostage, by blocking most roads leading to the area, security and local sources said.Troops have also been pounding the outskirts with heavy artillery. The Army has also closed off several roads connecting the town of Ras Baalbek, which is several miles north of Arsal, to its outskirts.Militants ambushed an Army patrol last Tuesday on the outskirts of Ras Baalbek, killing six soldiers and wounding one.The roads leading from Labweh to Ras Baalbek and the roads linking Arsal to Ras Baalbek were all closed, as well as some peripheral roads between Ras Baalbek and its outskirts.
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