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LAF prevents armed group from
coming across Syrian border

BEIRUT – The Lebanese Armed Forces prevented an armed group entering Lebanese territory from Syria on Thursday.

 

“At five thirty this evening the LAF thwarted an infiltration attempt by an armed group from Syrian territory [who were] headed for Lebanon, [entering] from the wasteland around [the Syrian border village of] Naamat via illegal crossings in Masharee al-Qaa,” the National News Agency reported.

 

“The [LAF] opened fire on the group before they crossed the border, [forcing them] to retreat.”

 

The Lebanese army has taken measures to bolster security along the Syrian border opposite the Qalamoun region, after the Assad regime and Hezbollah fighters launched a campaign against rebels there late last year.

 

The Lebanese army has arrested a number of armed Syrians outside Arsal in recent weeks, while Hezbollah reportedly engaged in a firefight with armed Syrian men in late December, on the outskirts of the eastern Beqaa town of Nahle.

The [LAF] opened fire on the group before they crossed the border, [forcing them] to retreat.