Syrian refugees sit by their tent in a Syrian Refugee camp on the Lebanese border town of Arsal, in the eastern Bekaa December 15, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Shalha
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A few hours after the threat was issued Sunday, the Arsal Municipality slammed the statement, saying it was part of a smear campaign against the town.The municipality also spoke out against media reports against the residents, which it said sought to portray the town as though it was controlled by "takfiri terrorists".Arsal Municipality has banned vehicles with Syrian license plates from going through the town for security reasons after several media outlets reported that explosive-rigged vehicles were entering Lebanon via the border town.The border town has recently received a large influx of Syrian refugees as a result of ongoing battles in Qalamoun, a mountainous area north of Damascus and adjacent to Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.
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