People walk past the remains of burnt tents at a Syrian refugee camp in Arsal, Sept. 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO/STR
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The Muslim Scholars Committee Thursday condemned the human rights violations allegedly occurring during military raids on Syrian refugee camps in Arsal, as the Army's leadership denied having imposed a siege on the northeastern border town.The Army had been conducting wide raids on Syrian refugee sites in Arsal over the last few days in search of militants accused of collaborating with extremist groups during last month's deadly clashes in the town.22 individuals suspected of belonging to terrorist groups that participated in clashes between militants and the Lebanese Army in Arsal last month were detained during a raid Thursday, according to an Army statement.The Army also detained 36 refugees for entering the country illegally, the statement added. As tensions rise over the Army raids, Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi sought to reassure Arsal residents that the military was working to protect them not punish them.
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