Army Shells Militants in Arsal Outskirts
The Lebanese army shelled the positions of militant groups in the outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal on Thursday, the state-run National News Agency reported.
The army targeted the movements of militants in Wadi al-Khayl, al-Zamrani and Wadi al-Debb in the outskirts, added NNA.
Militants from the IS and al-Nusra Front, which rebranded itself as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham in July when it split from the al-Qaida movement, 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 the IS group.