Syrian refugees tents burn as Lebanese soldiers raid the camp in Arsal, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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Arsal stood on edge Thursday as the Army intensified a major crackdown on alleged militants in the town and the country's north and a gathering of Sunni sheikhs condemned what they described as the "collective punishment" of Syrian refugees in the area.The Army has 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. The military announced that it had arrested 22 individuals for allegedly belonging to terrorist groups that fought the Army. According to Lebanese security sources, the Army has recently detained about 450 suspected Islamist militants near Arsal, Reuters reported.The Lebanese Army also carried out numerous raids in Tripoli Thursday, arresting 20 suspects accused of shooting at military stations over the last few days.
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