Lebanon News

Lebanese troops pound militant hideouts

File - Lebanese security forces gather near Arsal in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. (AFP)

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army, backed by a drone, pounded militant hideouts Saturday on the outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal, the National News Agency reported.

Using heavy artillery fire, soldiers attacked militant gatherings in Al-Dib on the outskirts of Arsal, the state-run agency said.

The Army's attack comes days after a military patrol unit was ambushed on the outskirts of Arsal, leading to the death of six soldiers Tuesday. A day later, a military expert was killed while he was defusing a bomb found in the same area.

The Lebanese military has been the target of militant attacks including fighters from Nusra Front and ISIS who accuse the Army of unlawfully cracking down on Syrian refugees and coordinating with Hezbollah.

 

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