Lebanese army opens fire on militant outposts near Arsal

Published March 8th, 2017 - 07:00 GMT
Lebanese army soldiers drive armoured personnel carriers in the northern Lebanese town of Arsal on the border with Syria on August 6, 2014. (AFP/File)
Lebanese army soldiers drive armoured personnel carriers in the northern Lebanese town of Arsal on the border with Syria on August 6, 2014. (AFP/File)

The Lebanese Army Tuesday targeted armed insurgents with heavy artillery in the northeastern village of Ras Baalbeck, following fierce clashes between militant groups in the nearby village of Arsal earlier in the week.

Jabhat Fatah al-Sham – previously the Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front – and Daesh militants have previously engaged in intermittent clashes on Arsal's outskirts since January over territorial disputes.

The two extremist groups have been entrenched on the outskirts of Arsal since they overran the town in August 2014.

The Lebanese Army and Hezbollah have pounded the militants with artillery fire in the rugged border region on a near daily basis for more than a year to keep them at bay.


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