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March 24, 2014

Naharnet - 43 Syrians Arrested to Date at Arsal Checkpoints, March 24, 2014

The army has arrested 43 Syrians in the northeastern border town of Arsal and handed them over to the Military Police, the state-run National News Agency reported on Saturday.

"The number of men arrested by the army at checkpoints erected three days ago in the Arsal plains has risen to 43,” the NNA said.

It noted that the detainees are members of the Free Syrian Army and the al-Qaida-linked Al-Nusra Front.

"The detainees were handed over to the Military Police in Bekaa's Ras Baalbek region.”

Troops had arrested 15 Syrians on Wednesday also in Arsal, among whom were several Al-Nusra Front members.

And on Tuesday, five others were held in the Akkar town of Shadra for entering Lebanon illegally.

Meanwhile on Monday, the army arrested two Lebanese and 19 Syrians in Wadi Khaled for entering Lebanon with a Kalashnikov rifle, two guns, ammunition, 30 mobile phones, a laptop and various foreign currencies in their possession.

Since the eruption of the uprising in Syria in March 2011, security forces and the army have arrested a number of gunmen and individuals who sought to enter Lebanon illegally.

The un-demarcated Lebanese-Syrian border has facilitated the flow of gunmen to and from Syria.

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