Ceasefire agreed in Lebanese border town battle




 
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Ceasefire agreed in Lebanese border town battle
 
August 6th, 2014  
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Ceasefire agreed in Lebanese border town battle
By Mariam Karouny and Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Lebanese army and Islamist militants agreed a 24-hour ceasefire on Tuesday after four days of fighting triggered by the rebels' seizure of a border town, in the most serious spillover of Syria's three-year civil war into Lebanon. A security source said the ceasefire would allow time for a mediator to investigate the fate of 22 soldiers missing since the militants seized the town of Arsal on Saturday and to help evacuate civilians, including those wounded in the conflict. "It is like a humanitarian ceasefire," he told Reuters. What happened was to be expected due to differences between the fighters," he said The source said the militants had suffered big losses in the fighting, adding he expected them to leave Arsal before the ceasefire had ended.




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