Evacuation of some Syrians from Lebanon area to start on Monday

Claudine Rigal
Août 15, 2017

The only insurgents remaining on Lebanon's side of the border now are members of the Islamic State group — hundreds of IS fighters control a stretch of land that is nearly equally split between Lebanon and Syria.

Their departure will leave an Islamic State enclave as the last militant stronghold straddling the border near the Lebanese town of Arsal, which is home to tens of thousands of refugees. It said that they also found the body of an unknown man.

A group of Syrian rebels and refugees will start to be evacuated from an enclave in Lebanon on the border with Syria back into Syrian territory on Monday, the Hezbollah-affiliated al-Manar TV reported.

On Monday, August 14, members of the Saraya Ahl al-Sham rebel militia were evacuated from Arsal, Lebanon, toward the Syrian village of Fleeta as a part of a ceasefire agreement reached with Hezbollah.

The Lebanese army has been preparing an attack on IS-held areas for weeks there, sending in reinforcements and pounding the area with artillery shells and rockets. The Syrian army and Hezbollah are preparing for a simultaneous attack on the Syrian side of the border.

In eastern Syria, rebels shot down a Syrian government warplane in a desert area where Syrian troops and their allies are on the offensive against IS, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Mozahem al-Salloum, of the activist-run Hammurabi Justice News network.

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