Lebanon News

Dozens of Nusra fighters killed along Lebanon-Syria border

A Lebanese Army vehicle drives down a mountain next to Ras-Baalbek on the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal. (File/REUTERS/Alia Haju)

BAALBEK, Lebanon: The Lebanese Army clashed with fighters from Nusra Front overnight, as the militants sought to cross into Lebanon after suffering heavy casualties in clashes with the Syrian army.

Al-Manar reported that the Syrian Army had killed dozens of Nusra Front fighters in an ambush in the Qalamoun border region of Flita, some 7 kilometers from the border with Lebanon, shortly before midnight.

Security sources told The Daily Star that some of the militants had then fled toward Lebanon, leading to clashes with the Lebanese Army, which repelled them.

The state-run National News Agency said a number of the militants were killed and wounded in the fighting with Lebanese soldiers.

The porous, undemarcated border region has been the scene of nearly continuous fighting in recent weeks, with the Lebanese Army working to expel Syrian rebels after they briefly took the town of Arsal at the beginning of August in clashes that killed dozens.

The militants, from the Nusra Front and ISIS, are still holding at least 22 Lebanese soldiers and policemen hostage.

 

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