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Lebanon army arrests 18 Lebanese, Syrians linked to Daesh

Snow covers Syrian refugee camp in Arsal, Lebanon on 20 January 2021 [Ahmad Laila/Middle East Monitor
Snow covers Syrian refugee camp in Arsal, Lebanon on 20 January 2021 [Ahmad Laila/Middle East Monitor

Lebanon's army said on Monday it had arrested 18 people, some Lebanese and others Syrian, with links to Daesh, Reuters reports.

The arrests came in "field operations" that took place over the past two weeks in the border town of Arsal in the north, an army statement said.

The individuals arrested confessed to belonging to the Daesh jihadist group and supporting it, and several weapons were also confiscated, it said.

Juroud Arsal, a barren area in the mountains between Syria and Lebanon, was previously a base of operations for insurgents fighting in the Syrian civil war, including militants from Daesh and the group formerly known as the Nusra Front.

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