Army post attacked in Lebanon's Tripoli

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Published Monday, October 13, 2014

An unidentified man threw a grenade at an army post in Tripoli, the National News Agency reported.

There were no casualties.

On Friday, two masked gunmen on a motorbike opened fire on Lebanese army posts in the neighborhoods of Talaat al-Amri and Haret el Sayde in the northern city of Tripoli prompting soldiers to return the fire.

Last week, a Lebanese soldier, Milad Mohammed Issa, was killed and another, Mohammed Fakhr Eddine Haydar, injured at dawn dawn when unknown militants shot them in the northern Akkar district.

In details, the gunmen, who were riding a motorcycle, opened fire on the Lebanese Army soldiers at the junction of the town of al-Rihaniyeh around 5:15 am.

Consequently, army units deployed in the region on Thursday morning, carried out raids in the area and arrested 16 Syrian nationals suspected of carrying out assaults on army members and committing security violations, army Command-Guidance Directorate said in a communiqué.

Two of the arrested persons were found to possess arms, ammunition and military materiel.

The Lebanese army also foiled an infiltration attempt by militants in the northeastern town of Ersal at dawn, the Lebanese Army Command said in a statement Thursday.

Similarly, the Lebanese army last month fired artillery at suspected militants who tried to infiltrate from the border zone.

The army has been stepping up efforts to prevent fighters from Syria using the Lebanese border town of Ersal and surrounding areas as a base. Ersal was the scene in August of the deadliest spillover of fighting in the three-year civil war in Syria and is also home to tens of thousands of refugees.

(Al-Akhbar)

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