Lebanon News

Clashes near Arsal check point

Members of the Lebanese security forces control vehicles at a checkpoint in the Bekaa Valley, near the border with Syria on April 11, 2014. AFP PHOTO / STR

HERMEL, Lebanon: Clashes erupted near an Army checkpoint in the outskirts of Arsal, after the Lebanese Army opened fire at a suspicious vehicle passing through the area.

A security source told The Daily Star that the Army opened fire at the vehicle after the driver did not comply with instructions while passing through the check point. In response, the driver fired at the Army and fled the scene.

Since July 12, Hezbollah fighters, backed by Syrian aerial and ground bombardment targeting rebel hideouts in the mountainous outskirts of Arsal, have engaged in fierce fighting with members of the Nusra Front and the Free Syrian Army as part of the resistance party’s attempts to root out rebel groups from border areas with Lebanon.





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