Lebanese army assessing if gunmen have withdrawn from border town - security source

by Reuters
Thursday, 7 August 2014 06:24 GMT

BEIRUT, Aug 7 (Reuters) - The Lebanese army was assessing on Thursday whether militants who seized a town near the Syrian border had withdrawn overnight as part of an agreement made between Sunni Muslim clerics and the government, a security source said.

The source said there was no fighting on Thursday morning in the border town of Arsal but that the army had killed 14 Islamist militants during fighting on Wednesday evening, responding to a breach of the new extended 24-hour ceasefire.

He said three policemen, members of the Internal Security Forces, who were captured earlier this week by the gunmen were found in a hospital on the southern edges of Arsal. (Reporting by Tom Perry; Writing by Oliver Holmes; Editing by Toby Chopra)