BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army announced Friday it had arrested 22 men suspected of opening fire on military checkpoints in the Bekaa Valley and vowed to crack down on outlaws.
“This [Friday] morning, a number of gunmen fired at army posts in Majdal Anjar, Masnaa and Arab Faour,” a statement published by the Army said, adding that soldiers returned fire.
“The Army also launched massive raids to arrest the shooters and managed to apprehend 22 suspects,” the statement added.
The statement called on citizens to exercise calm and not listen to rumors or be dragged into sectarian hate.
Nevertheless, the Army vowed to crack down on outlaws and those targeting soldiers “by all means possible.”
The statement also pointed to Thursday’s clashes in the Bekaa Valley towns of Labwa and Arsal that were followed by "protests, armed presence and closure of roads by burning tires in north Lebanon and Beirut."
The Army said several military posts and patrols in the Bekaa Valley were targeted during Thursday’s hostilities, prompting soldiers to respond to the fire, wounding several gunmen.
The statement said four soldiers were also wounded and several military vehicles were damaged.
“The Army managed during the night to remove the armed presence and open most roads and return the situation to normal,” the statement added.