Lebanese army soldiers on their military vehicles enter the Sunni Muslim border town of Arsal, in eastern Bekaa Valley March 19, 2014. (REUTERS/Hassan Abdallah)
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The Lebanese Army's airborne regiment backed by police officers deployed Wednesday in central Arsal after angry demonstrations threatened to upend the fragile security of Beirut and north Lebanon in protest over a blockade of the Bekaa Valley border town.The Army reopened the only road to Arsal, which is accused of harboring Syrian rebels, after nighttime protests forced the closure of several major highways in Beirut and throughout Lebanon in support of the mainly Sunni town. Residents, along with the ISF, cleared overturned garbage dumpsters in the area and reopened the road at around 5:30 p.m.Young protesters in the area said they took to the street in anger at the siege of Arsal and Shawwa's death. They said the protests were key to reopening the road to Arsal. Residents from the predominantly Shiite neighboring town of Labweh had sealed off the main road to Arsal with a sand barrier after one person was killed by rocket fire allegedly coming from the direction of the Sunni town.Policemen teamed up with soldiers to beef up security in Arsal after residents protested the so-called "siege" imposed by Labweh residents who claim Arsal has turned into a safe haven for Syrian militants.
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