Fresh surge of violence hit Lebanese border town

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Lebanese soldiers at a security checkpoint close to the border town of Arsal. File photo

ARA News

Beirut, Lebanon – On Sunday, at least 16 militant fighters of al-Nusra Front, Syrian version of a-Qaeda, were reported dead during clashes with the Shiite group Hezbollah, eastern Lebanon.

Al-Nusra militants launched extended military operations against headquarters of Hezbollah near the Syrian border, killing two Shiite fighters.

As the Iran-backed group Hezbollah responded to the Sunni insurgents of Nusra, “at least 16 fighters of the Syrian wing of al-Qaeda were killed on Sunday”, sources close to Hezbollah told ARA News.

“Large reinforcements were received by Hezbollah fighters to combat al-Nusra Front, mainly from Bekaa,” the sources said.

According to local sources, al-Nusra insurgents attacked the Shiite group’s bases near the border town of Arsal, as well as in the southern countryside of Baalbak, using mortar shells and rocket-propelled grenades.

The Lebanese border town of Arsal saw continuous violence in the last few weeks as al-Nusra militants carried out separate military operations against Hezbollah militia, seen as one of the main enemies of the Sunni insurgents in Syria.

 

Reporting by: Hisha Hilwani

Source: ARA News

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