Lebanese villagers repel ISIL near Syria border

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Lebonan
Monday, 11 August 2014

Lebanese villagers have pushed ISIL terrorists to the other side of the border with Syria, after engaging in a gun battle near Kfar Qouq.

Lebanese security sources said on Saturday that the militants, who had infiltrated into Lebanon from the crisis-hit Syria, exchanged fire with the Lebanese around the village, located near the Bekaa Valley town of Rashaya and some 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of the border town of Arsal.

The clashes followed another battle between the terrorists and soldiers of the Syrian army on the other side of the border.

Violence erupted in eastern Lebanon late on August 2 after soldiers arrested a Syrian man, who the army said confessed to belonging to the ISIL. Angered by the arrest, the Takfiri militants opened fire on army checkpoints and stormed a police station in Arsal.

Following truce negotiations with the militants, they agreed to retreat from the town and freed some prisoners on Thursday, allowing the Lebanese army to enter the town.

Meanwhile, a Lebanese soldier died of injuries sustained in clashes with militants, bringing the army death toll from five days of fighting to 18.

The Takfiri militants are still holding 19 Lebanese soldiers and 17 policemen hostage, according to reports.

Fueled by Western-backed militants, violence has gripped the neighboring Syria for more than three years, leaving over 160,000 people dead and millions displaced.

According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey -- are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.


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