Syria’s fire sweeps into neighbouring Lebanon


Lebanese soldiers near the Syrian borders. File photo

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – Gunmen targeted on Tuesday a delegation from the Muslim Scholars Association, while they were heading to the town of Arsal on the Lebanese-Syrian border in an effort to reach a cease-fire between the Lebanese army and Islamist fighters.

In a phone call with ARA News, Nasser Aboud, civil rights activist, reported from the Lebanese-Syrian border that the Scholars delegation were targeted by unknown militants while entering into the town of Arsal, wounding five members of the delegation, who were taken to a nearby hospital.

“The Lebanese army continued its military operations in the region, shelling the town with mortars,” Aboud said.

The Lebanese Army reportedly regain control of the military barracks, the building of the Technical Institute and the neighbourhood of Ras al-Sarj in Arsal on Tuesday after clashes with Islamists.

The Lebanese government announced earlier on Monday that the army is in a state of alert “to defeat those who try to destabilize Lebanon’s security”.

In the meantime, activists broadcasted a video on the social networking site of “YouTube”, showing the wounded from Syrian refugees in a field hospital in the town of Arsal, who were injured due to artillery shelling by the Lebanese army on the town.


Reporting by: Jiwan Ibrahim

Source: ARA News

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