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Army scours east Lebanon following ambush

  • Lebanese army soldiers on their military vehicles enter the border town of Arsal, in eastern Bekaa Valley March 19, 2014. (REUTERS/Hassan Abdallah)

HERMEL, Lebanon: The Lebanese Army scoured east Lebanon Thursday, combing the outskirts of Arsal near the border with Syria searching for militants who ambushed a patrol a day earlier, wounding five soldiers.

The sources said that an Army unit was on its way to raid a quarry site in the Rahwa region that was reportedly being used by Syrian fighters to booby-trap cars Wednesday when it was ambushed by dozens of gunmen taking shelter in the site.

Soldiers responded to the source of fire, resulting in intermittent clashes that continued for hours.

A security source told The Daily Star earlier that the Army's airborne regiment worked together with Syrian Army helicopters to bomb the gunmen’s hideouts, but a military source denied that any airborne units were involved in the operation or that any coordination with the Syrian military had taken place.

As of Thursday morning, no suspects had been arrested in connection with the attack.

 
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