A Lebanese soldier stands guard at an army post in the hills above the Lebanese town of Arsal, near the border with Syria. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Syrian Army warplanes carried out air raids against militant positions on the outskirts of Arsal Monday morning, the state-run National News Agency reported.For three years now, hundreds of fighters belonging to the extremist groups Daesh (ISIS) and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham – formerly known as the Nusra Front – have been entrenched on Arsal's outskirts.Hujeiri said that Syrian airstrikes on the area had been following a similar pattern for the last two weeks, as had the activities of Lebanese security forces.Approximately 80,000 Syrian refugees reside in 110 encampments in Arsal, alongside around 30,000 Lebanese nationals.
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