Lebanese army detains 50 after weekend clashes with Islamists

By REUTERS
October 30, 2014 16:44

BEIRUT - Lebanese troops detained 50 people in raids on towns and Syrian refugee camps in the north of the country, the army said on Thursday, part of a crackdown after battles with Islamist gunmen over the weekend.

The army has mounted several raids since Islamist fighters clashed with soldiers in and around the northern city of Tripoli from Friday to Sunday, some of the worst fighting to spill over to Lebanon from the Syrian civil war.

Soldiers moved on the towns of al-Minya, Mashta Hassan, Mashta Hammoud and refugee camps in the town of Behneen on Wednesday. The 50 detainees were mainly Syrian but included nine Lebanese and one Palestinian, an army statement said.

In one of raid, soldiers seized a number of weapons including rocket-propelled grenade launchers as well as communications equipment, the statement said.


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