Earlier today, the Lebanese Army carried out a number of raids in the ‘Arsal District and the Tripoli Governate, arresting dozens of suspected members of Jabhat Al-Nusra. According to a military source, the Lebanese Army was provided information regarding a number of alleged Jabhat Al-Nusra militants operating within Syrian refugee camps in these areas.
Upon entry into the Syrian refugee camp in ‘Arsal, the Lebanese Army was met with resistance from the fleeing militants, who attempted to burn the camp down in protest of the raids – the militants were later apprehended near a Lebanese Army checkpoint. The Lebanese Army killed one militant during the brief gunfire exchange outside of the refugee camp. Many of the captured militants possessed automatic weapons and falsified documents; it was noted that the suspects were predominately Syrian and affiliated with Jabhat Al-Nusra.
In the Tripoli Governate, the Lebanese Army carried out multiple raids on Jabhat Al-Nusra and Islamic Front of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) hideouts. According to a government source, the Lebanese Army arrested 14 suspects near the Abu Samra Neighborhood and another 17 men around the province. The raids are expected to continue, despite the threats issued by Jabhat Al-Nusra on social media networks.
Syrian refugees protested the Lebanese Army raids by hosting demonstrations in the Koura District, where witnesses reported the prevalence of Tawhid flags and pro-ISIS chants. Lebanese Air Force Intelligence later raided the area and arrested a Syrian man believed to be in contact with the Jabhat Al-Nusra militants who kidnapped the Lebanese Soldiers six weeks ago in the ‘Arsal District.