File - A Druse gunman takes a position in Jabal al-Sheikh, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Osama Kadiri)
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Fears grow of fighting in W. Bekaa, ShebaaAs security concerns mount, gunmen are increasingly taking law and order into their own hands in the Western Bekaa region and the neighboring areas of Hasbaya, Rashaya and Arqoub in southeast Lebanon.fears have been enhanced by the Lebanese Army's decision to sever supply lines to ISIS and Nusra Front militants holed up in the rugged outskirts of Arsal following five days of fierce fighting with troops that resulted in the death of 19 soldiers and the capture of more than 30 servicemen by the militants.Despite the threat of militants haunting the region, a security source told The Daily Star that so far there have been no cases of people belonging to ISIS in the western and central Bekaa regions or the Arqoub-Hasbaya region.However, a source in the Syrian opposition said the aim of creating tension in the Shebaa area and nearby villages is to rein in the rebels' advance in pro-regime Druze villages.
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