A general view shows the lebanese village of al-Qaa, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Although calm is restored, residents of the border town of Al-Qaa are still recovering from the deadly attacks last June when eight suicide bombers struck the predominantly Christian town killing eight.Al-Qaa Mayor Bashir Matar explained that lingering question marks around the circumstances of the attacks have created confusion over how to deal with the situation. For Matar the question is whether Al-Qaa was the real target or whether it was meant to be a passage for the terrorists to strike another area. Most of the refugees live in Masharih al-Qaa, an area that falls under the Al-Qaa local authority. The town itself has only 3,000 permanent residents and around 13,000 who are registered there but live elsewhere. "There are many people that are taking advantage of this, like brokers who want to change the [Christian] identity".He explained that he believes there have been incidents of people from other areas taking advantage of the confusion over land rights to claim ownership of areas near the town.
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