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Conflict Incident Report

LAF allegedly arrest Nusra Commander’s relatives

Associated Timeline/Case: 
Arsal Conflict (starting August 2, 2014)
Date of incident: 
February 16, 2015
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF)

On 16 Feb 15, the Lebanese Armed Forces allegedly arrested the sister of Abu Malek al-Talleh, the Nusra Front’s commander for the Qalamoun region, and her son at a checkpoint at the entrance to Arsal’s outskirts. The two were detained when they were heading toward Arsal’s outskirts at an Army checkpoint in Wadi Hmeid. LAF units across Arsal, and especially by the entrances to the outskirts, were allegedly mobilized in anticipation of a possible revenge attack over the arrest. The military was working on confirming the identity of the detained woman and her son.

Primary category: 
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.