Lebanese army storms Syrian refugees’ camps in Arsal town

Syrian refugee camps dotted in and around the Lebanese town of Arsal, near the border with Syria, Lebanon. September 21, 2016. (Reuters)

A young girl was killed and seven Lebanese soldiers were wounded on Friday when army raids on two refugee camps near the village of Arsal at the Lebanese-Syrian border were attacked by a group of suicide bombers, Al-Jazeera reported.

“Five suicide bombings and a grenade attack targeted the Lebanese Army early Friday in the northeastern border town of Arsal, leaving seven soldiers wounded,” the army said in a statement, Al-Jazeera added.

Al-Jazeera indicated that four of the suicide bombers struck in the al-Nour camp near the border town of Arsal, the army said. A young girl, whose parents are both refugees, was killed and three soldiers wounded, the army said.

A medical source in the provincial capital Baalbek told AFP news agency the girl was two and a half years old. Troops recovered four explosive devices during the raid, Al-Jazeera added.

“The army immediately detonated these devices in the places they were planted,” the statement said.

Another attacker blew himself up in the nearby camp of al-Qariyeh, and a second attacker threw a grenade at troops, wounding four of them. The army said its units were continuing with the raids, which are aimed at “arresting terrorists and seizing weapons,” according to Al-Jazeera.

Witnesses reported hearing intermittent bursts of gunfire in the area, Al-Jazeera said.

The wounded soldiers were airlifted to hospital by a Lebanese army helicopter, Tayyar media reported.

There have been multiple clashes along the border between the Lebanese army and hardline fighters connected to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) or Al-Qaeda, Al-Jazeera concluded.

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