Ongoing border battles: Lebanese helicopter launches rockets at Jabhat Fatah al-Sham

Published August 11th, 2016 - 10:00 GMT
Arsal, on the Lebanese-Syrian border, sees frequent clashes with militant groups. (AFP/File)
Arsal, on the Lebanese-Syrian border, sees frequent clashes with militant groups. (AFP/File)

A Lebanese army helicopter destroyed a position of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham on the outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal late Wednesday, the National News Agency said.

An army chopper launched an evening raid and rocketed the positions of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front targeting it with three rockets,NNA added.

The position was completely destroyed.

A military source told al-Joumhouria daily: “The army has monitored a large group of militants in the outskirts preparing for something. The army has bombed the positions and recorded direct hits.”

Early in August, the army retaliated to shelling from Daesh group on the border with Syria after destroying a Jabhat Fatah al-Sham post in the outskirts of Arsal.

Militants from Daesh and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham are entrenched in rugged areas along the undemarcated Lebanese-Syrian border and the army regularly shells their posts while Hizbullah and the Syrian army have engaged in clashes with them on the Syrian side of the border.

The two groups briefly overran the town of Arsal in August 2014 before being ousted by the army after days of deadly battles.

The retreating militants abducted more than 30 troops and policemen of whom four have been executed and nine remain in the captivity of Daesh.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the original. 


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