A general view of the border village of Ras Baalbek. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Hezbollah clashed with jihadis who were trying to infiltrate Lebanese territory in northeast Lebanon Tuesday evening as mystery continued to shroud the whereabouts of fugitive Islamist Chadi Mawlawi. Violent clashes ensued Tuesday evening between Hezbollah and militants in the outskirts of the village of Nahleh northeast of the town of Baalbek, as the party foiled an infiltration attempt into Lebanese lands. Earlier Tuesday, the Lebanese Army shelled sporadically the outskirts of the northeastern Bekaa Valley town of Ras Baalbek, in a pre-emptive move aimed at fending off jihadi militants holed up in the rugged border area with Syria, security sources said.Troops have been bombing intermittently the outskirts of Ras Baalbek since Sunday. At least 40 militants, whose bodies were discovered on the outskirts of Ras Baalbek, were also killed, most of them in Army airstrikes.
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