Mallak (right) witnesses first-hand Army posts in north Lebanon. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Army HO)
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The negotiated deal between Hezbollah and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham is unlikely to go through before its deadline set for Sunday if certain snags are not resolved, a security source told The Daily Star Friday. Meanwhile, the Lebanese Army ramped up its presence along the border, taking its fight to Daesh (ISIS). Another 263 Saraya Ahl al-Sham fighters are said to be waiting to negotiate with Hezbollah.On the second day of the ceasefire, there was intermittent shelling between the Army and Daesh after an overnight attack on an Army post in Harf al-Jarash in Ras Baalbeck was hit by two mortar shells fired from the militant group deployed in the area. The Army responded to the mortar attack early Friday morning by shelling Daesh positions in the outskirts of Al-Qaa, having detected suspicious movements by militants. Gen. Hatem Mallak Friday visited various Army posts in the towns of Ras Baalbeck, Al-Qaa and Arsal.Over the last seven days Hezbollah has sought to expel Jabhat Fatah al-Sham from the outskirts of Arsal where they have been entrenched for the last four years.
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