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Despite ongoing clashes in the surrounding mountains, the northeast Lebanese town of Arsal remains calm.As of Monday night, UNHCR had recorded 148 families, totaling some 383 individuals – 39 Lebanese nationals and 344 Syrian – crossing from the outskirts of Arsal into the town through an Army checkpoint near Wadi Hmayed.UNHCR's regional head for the Bekaa Valley, Josep Zapater, said that the numbers were not currently enough to be a concern given the contingency plans in place. However, he added that several families that arrived over the weekend had not eaten in two days. UNHCR also noted that some 12 unaccompanied children had crossed into Arsal and were now being assisted by an International Rescue Committee child protection team. Hujeiri said the Red Cross, UNHCR and Dar al-Fatwa were providing the bulk of the assistance.The Army was unavailable for comment and Red Cross Director-General George Kettaneh said Arsal's mayor would be able to give more accurate details on the humanitarian situation in the area.
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