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Conflict Incident Report

Clashes between Army and militants in Arsal

Associated Timeline/Case: 
Arsal Conflict (starting August 2, 2014)
Date of incident: 
August 2, 2014 to August 7, 2014
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF)
ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL))
Internal Security Forces (ISF)

Arsal fell to militants from Syria over the weekend (o2.August.2014), the first major incursion into Lebanon since the start of the Syrian conflict. Seventeen Lebanese soldiers have died in the fighting, and 19 soldiers are reported to still be held captive by the militants who released three soldiers and six internal security forces officers (ISF) on Wednesday. Syrian doctors working in the area have said that 42 civilians have been killed in the recent violence, which began on Saturday when the rebels seized Arsal. As the militants withdrew the Lebanese military continued to send armored personnel carriers to the town, carrying out operations to verify that all the militants had withdrawn.

Primary category: 
Clashes/Armed Conflict
Secondary Category: 
Hostage Taking Situation [inc. attempt, release]
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Border conflicts (Syrian border)
Violations, disputes and/or conflicts arising between rival armed groups along the Lebanese/Syrian borders which involve parties or militant groups from the Lebanese and Syrian side in both Lebanon and Syria. These conflicts also encompass transnational groups (such as faith-based regional groups, e.g. ISIS, al-Nusra Front) that cannot be considered as strictly Syrian, Lebanese or of any other national entity.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
Power & governance conflicts
Violent or non-violent conflicts associated with antagonisms related to internal political tensions between local and/or national groups and parties. These tensions may be encouraged by internal, regional and international parties. Such conflicts are characterized by their defiance and/or opposition to central State power and governance.