Lebanon “army kills ‘wanted IS !@#$%^&* militant in 1…
“Lebanon’s army says it “has killed a Syrian !@#$%^&*();Islamic militant fighter during a raid in the country’s east.”
Lebanon’s army says !@#$%^&*();it has killed a Syrian Islamic militant fighter during a raid in the country’s east???
The army says in a statement on Saturday the militant was killed during a raid to arrest infiltrators from neighbouring Syria.
The army says the killed militant, Hassan al-Malees, was wanted for his role in attacking Lebanese army posts in cross border operations, including the kidnapping of Lebanese soldiers in 2014 in the town of Arsal. Nine remain in captivity.
Lebanon’s army is battling Islamic State and al-Qaeda-linked militants along its border areas with Syria, where the militants have thrived during the six year conflict.
The army says the raid, which turned deadly when the militants opened fire, also led to the arrest of 10 other militants.
The Lebanese army have been cracking down on sleeper cells as part of a comprehensive security plan across the country, says The Daily Star of Lebanon.
The eastern border region with Syria often witnesses skirmishes between militants holed up in the rugged mountainous area and Lebanese army units positioned on the border.
“Citing security concerns, several local municipalities began curfews and crack-downs”
Up to 10,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon have been served eviction notices by the Lebanese army, ordering them to leave their informal settlements near an air force base in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon’s The Daily Star reported on Saturday.
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The refugees affected by the order live in some 90 camps scattered across the villages of Dalhamiya, Riaq, Tannin al-Fawqa, Tanim al-Tahta and Hosh al-Ghanam.
They will be forced to relocate but it remains unclear whether a transfer plan has been set up by authorities in Lebanon.
“The army has issued eviction notices to more than 10,000 refugees in the Bekaa, without a clear plan for where they will go,” Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch said.
“As Lebanese leaders in Brussels tout Lebanon’s humanitarian achievements and call for more aid, refugees here are living in fear of losing their homes.”
“This issue has reached a breaking point for us in Lebanon. We want the international community to hear us and understand that Lebanon is facing a crisis,” Hariri said.
“Lebanon “army kills ‘wanted IS !@#$%^&* militant in 1…”
Since 2011, the Syrian crisis has seen nearly 500,000 people killed and 12 million people forced out of their homes in one of largest displacements of people since the Second World War.
In that time, more than 1.1 million Syrians sought refuge in neighbouring Lebanon.
With an open-door policy, the country initially welcomed many with open arms, allowing refugees to enter without a visa and to renew residence cards almost free of charge.
Yet as the crisis in Syria continued to unfold, refugees came to make up almost a fifth of the population.
Under local pressure, in January 2015 the Lebanese government passed rules that required Syrians to renew their residency permits with much stricter conditions. The new law inevitably rendered many illegal.
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