World Condemns Attacks on Army in Arsal, Backs Security Institutions

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The United Nations and the European Union condemned on Monday attacks carried out by Islamist fighters on the Lebanese army in the northeastern border town of Arsal.

Acting U.N. Special Coordinator Ross Mountain and EU Ambassador Angelina Eichhorst “strongly condemned” the attacks on army positions and the violence in and around the town of Arsal, said separate statements issued by their press offices.

They extended their condolences to the families of the soldiers killed and to the civilian victims of the violence.

“The United Nations is committed to the stability and security of Lebanon and the Acting Special Coordinator reiterates the United Nations strong support for the Lebanese Armed Forces and the security forces of Lebanon in their efforts to achieve this goal,” said the U.N. statement.

“We are following the developments in Arsal closely and remain in contact with the Lebanese authorities and our partners, including the humanitarian assistants who help the innocent inhabitants and all those refugees who fled the violence in Syria,” Eichhorst stressed.

“The European Union stands by all people living in Lebanon and strongly supports the security institutions in these difficult times," she said.

A three-day fighting in Arsal, an overwhelmingly Sunni town surrounded by Shiite villages, has left scores of troops killed and injured. Many soldiers are missing.

The clashes erupted Saturday after Syria-based militants made a cross-border raid and overran army positions in the area following the arrest of an Islamist suspect.



Comments 6
Thumb _mowaten_ 04 August 2014, 15:14

"we strongly condemn these attacks, and we promise you that our next shipment of weapons to terrorists with be strictly marked with 'please do not use on the LAF' stickers"

Thumb cedre 04 August 2014, 15:43

begging is a lebanese speciality...

Thumb cedre 04 August 2014, 16:05

+1 haboub, finally u makes some sense...

Missing imperatrice 04 August 2014, 16:40

first they condemn
then they declare shock because of the atrocities
then they evacuate their staff and go on leave, after all its august

screw them and their dissociation policies

Default-user-icon Mazen (Guest) 04 August 2014, 18:59

Blow up arsal, kick out the 10000000 Syrians, and lock up any politician who criticises our army!

Thumb kanaandian 05 August 2014, 00:19

why no attacks on the land of savagery itself (such as ksa or qatar). when when these cruel barbarians rebel against their hosts...?