Lebanese soldiers are seen on an armored personnel carrier on the road leading to Arsal in northeast Lebanon Wednesday March 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)
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The Army Wednesday reopened the only road to the Bekaa Valley border town of Arsal, which is accused of harboring Syrian rebels, after nighttime protests forced the closure of several major highways in Beirut as well as east, north and south Lebanon in support of the mainly Sunni town.Residents from the predominantly Shiite neighboring town of Labweh had sealed off the main road out of Arsal with a sand barrier after one person was killed by rocket fire allegedly coming from the direction of the Sunni town. The closure sparked protests by angry Sunnis, who took to the streets in Taanayel, Jdita and Saadnayel in the Bekaa Valley, blocking major highways with burning tires. Machnouk said the road to Arsal, which connects the town to the rest of Lebanon, would reopen Wednesday.
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