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Conflict Incident Report

LAF clash with Al-Nusra Front in outskirts of Ras Baalbek

Associated Timeline/Case: 
Ras Baalbeck Clashes (starting December 2, 2014)
Arsal Conflict (starting August 2, 2014)
Date of incident: 
April 16, 2015
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF)
al-Nusra Front

On 16 Apr 15, the Lebanese Armed Forces clashed at dawn with Al-Nusra Front fighters in the outskirts of Ras Baalbek-North Bekaa. The intermittent gun battles took place on the western side of Asal al-Wared. Also at dawn Thursday, troops targeted with heavy artillery the movement of armed militants in the outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal. The fighters were furthermore targeted in Wadi Hmeid, Muheet al-Malahi and al-Rihwa.

Primary category: 
Heavy Artillery [inc.rocket attacks]
Secondary Category: 
Clashes/Armed Conflict
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.