Lebanese army consolidates in Arsal after militants’ clashes

Smoke billows from the Lebanese town of Arsal, a Sunni Muslim town near the Syrian border in eastern Lebanon. (File photo: AP)

The Lebanese army has consolidated on Thursday its forces in Arsal after clashes between two militants groups, Al Arabiya News Channel correspondent reported.

The Lebanese army shelled positions of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al-Qaeda’s affiliate al-Nusra Front after clashes between these two groups, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

The army was consolidating after ISIS made advances towards Arsal, a town 120 kilometers north east of Beirut.

Meanwhile, Lebanon’s National News Agency said the Lebanese army artillery was shelling armed men’s movements in the area around Arsal, without specifying what kind of men they were.

In August 2014, the town was briefly taken over by Nusra and ISIS fighters before the Lebanese army drove the fighters out after a five day offensive.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46