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Lebanon Condemns Syrian Rebel Attack

Smoke billows from Arsal, a Sunni Muslim town near the Syrian border in eastern Lebanon, Aug. 2, 2014.
Smoke billows from Arsal, a Sunni Muslim town near the Syrian border in eastern Lebanon, Aug. 2, 2014.
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Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam is calling Saturday's raid on a border town by Syrian rebels an attack against Lebanon and its people.

Salam says his government will not tolerate chaos and let matters get out of control, adding that the army is working to restore security and stability to the town of Arsal.

It was one of the most serious incursions into Lebanon in the three-year-old Syrian civil war.

Lebanese officials say the violence began when security officers arrested a member of the Nursa Front rebel group at a checkpoint.

Rebel gunmen stormed into Arsal, demanding his release. They seized the police station and briefly held a number of soldiers hostage.

Masked gunmen and Lebanese army vehicles were reported to be seen in the streets of Arsal during much of the day.

Reports say the fighting has killed at least seven Lebanese soldiers and two civilians.

The U.S. State Department is strongly condemning Saturday's attack and says it supports Lebanon's security, sovereignty and policy of staying out of regional conflicts.

Violence stemming from the fighting in Syria often spills over into Lebanon.

Lebanese-based Hezbollah extremists have fought alongside Syrian government forces against the rebels trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

Some information for this report comes from AP and Reuters.

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by: abulzouz from: USA
August 02, 2014 6:57 PM
The person arrested by the Lebanese army at a checkpoint is not only a terrorist fighter, he is the leader of 400 to 500 group of fighters in the Qalamoun region who had announced couple weeks ago leaving the Nusra front to join with ISIS/Islamic state, Arsal has been supporting their Sunni terrorists since the war started in Syria, its location on the border with Syria and the most difficult mountains has made it a safe haven for terrorists, but the Lebanese military and Hezbollah have made it near impossible to bring cars filled with explosions ready to go to Beirut and other locations they wish to explode, Lebanon is very determined not to allow anything to happen to its people or properties anywhere,

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by: RanaSahib from: Ontario
August 02, 2014 11:13 PM
You don't just arrest the leader of 400-500 fighters on a whim abulzouz....besides I'm sure you look like a terrorist to the other side as well.

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