File - Lebanese soldiers patrol the border town of Arsal, in eastern Bekaa Valley March 20, 2014. REUTERS/Hassan Abdallah
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The sun had not yet risen when the Lebanese Army swooped into a refugee camp in Arsal last week.Three days before the raid in Arsal, the Islamic group the Nusra Front, which is fighting the Syrian regime, entered a refugee camp near the town, reportedly killing one man, injuring another and taking yet another hostage.Arsal's mayor, Ali Mohammad Hujeiri, said the Army Command called him before the predawn raid, but did not share any intelligence with him before rounding up the suspects. Some locals in Arsal, such as education coordinator Merhi Fliti, supported the raids, and have called for the Army to boost its presence in the town. Fliti said the Army was the town's sole bulwark against Syrian fighters who regularly move between the town and the refugee camps in the area's outskirts. Some say that if the raids go on, armed Syrian elements in the region would retaliate against the Army.
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