Aoun receives Pharaon in Baabda, Friday, July 21, 2017. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Lebanese officials and politicians reacted Friday to the offensive launched by Hezbollah against militants on the Lebanese-Syrian border, with most affirming their support for the Lebanese Army.President Michel Aoun was briefed on the security situation along the Lebanese-Syrian border during morning meetings with officials at Baabda Palace. The Army was reported Friday to be tightening security around the town of Arsal to prevent Daesh (ISIS) and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham – formerly known as the Nusra Front – fighters from fleeing the battle on the border region into the town. Speaker Nabih Berri met with Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdel-Karim Ali and the two also discussed the developments in Arsal.Telecommunications Minister Jamal Jarrah rejected claims that the Army was involved in the clashes.
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