Lebanese Army Targets Terrorist Positions in Arsal Barrens


The Lebanese army reportedly targeted on Thursday posts for terrorists on the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal with heavy artillery, the state-run National News Agency said.

NNA reported that troops shelled with heavy artillery armed terrorists who are entrenched on al-Zamarani and al-Ajram areas on the outskirts of the village.

Local media outlets reported that fierce battles erupted between the army and terrorists and the military brought reinforcements to the area.

Heavy shelling by Syrian warplanes also targeted the outskirts of Ras Baalbek and its thud can be clearly heard in the northern Bekaa, Naharnet news website reported.

Earlier on Thursday, NNA reported that Syrian warplanes staged several raids overnight on posts controlled by gunmen on the outskirts Arsal.

The news agency said that gunmen positions in al-Ajram, Khirbet Daoud, and al-Zamarani were targeted with the raids.

The raids inflicted heavy casualties in the ranks of the armed men, NNA added, without specifying further details.

Arsal’s peripheries have come under frequent Syrian raids in recent months. Damascus says the airstrikes are targeting “terrorists” fleeing the Syrian region of Qalamoun.

The Lebanese army engaged in a fierce gun battle in August with armed groups who streamed across the border.

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