File - Lebanese soldiers drive in Ras al-Harf, in a convoy heading to the village of Tfail, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)
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Omar arrived in the border town of Arsal in the northeastern Bekaa Valley Wednesday with his four children in tow. Like more than 50,000 Syrian refugees who have settled in the town, Omar fled his home under heavy shelling from Syrian regime forces. Omar, however, is a Lebanese citizen, born and raised in the Lebanese village of Tfail.The predominantly Sunni village of Tfail is located on a piece of Lebanese territory that is surrounded on three sides by Syria. After heavy shelling over the past week, some 20 families fled Tfail for the relative safety of Arsal, 35 kilometers north.
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