Wounded from a Syrian air raid, Mohammad says he now fears planes. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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The lifting of a siege by nearby Labweh is revealing a growing humanitarian crisis, with nearly 500 families arriving during the three-day blockade after fleeing the Syrian border town of Yabroud, where troops loyal to President Bashar Assad and backed by Hezbollah fighters claimed victory over rebels.Ali Hujeiri, the head of Arsal's municipality, says the town is now home to 106,000 refugees.It also has a significant presence in the nearby town of Labweh, which has been subjected to rocket attacks by radical Syrian militants.Hujeiri appeared dismissive of the siege itself, saying neighboring villages are fabricating stories about Arsal to justify their blockades of it and that the town could endure a much longer siege if it had to.He said he was not responsible for fighters from Syria who have fired rockets at nearby villages from outside Arsal. But he added that those who suffered the most from the siege were the town's refugees, whose population has swelled by 400-500 families over the last three days since the fall of Yabroud.
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