Hezbollah fighters in Baalbek carry the coffins of two party members killed in clashes with Nusra fighters which erupted over the weekend. (The Daily Star/Nidal al-Solh)
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Lebanon's northeastern border with Syria braced for more violence after fierce clashes between Hezbollah and the Nusra Front over the weekend left nearly two dozen combatants dead, according to security sources.The fighting broke out Sunday evening when Nusra Front fighters attacked three Hezbollah military posts on the outskirts of the Baalbek village of Brital in Lebanon's eastern mountain range, security sources said. Hezbollah captured five Nusra Front militants, the sources said, adding that the party's fighters repelled Nusra Front attacks on two of its main posts in the area – Ain al-Saa and Mihfara – on the farthest edge of the Lebanese town of Brital.Umm Kharj is another important Hezbollah post in the area, and is where the largest number of Hezbollah fighters was killed, the source said."There was a military position for Hezbollah, which we overran, and then we withdrew," he said.He denied Hezbollah had taken any Nusra fighters captive. The group said its fighters killed over 11 Hezbollah fighters and wounded dozens during the battles.
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