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Conflict Incident Report

LAF seized control of hills in Ras Baalbek-Fakiha outskirts

Date of incident: 
August 6, 2017
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF)
Islamic State (IS); Daech *

On 06 Aug 17, the Lebanese Army Forces (LAF) fired heavy artillery at the posts of the jihadist Islamic State group in the outskirts of the eastern border towns of Ras Baalbek and al-Fakiha. The sounds of shelling echoed across all towns in northern Bekaa. LAF units consisted of infantry, armored vehicles, tanks and artillery have seized control of the Dhalil al-Aqraa hill in the outskirts between Ras Baalbek and al-Fakiha. The army also seized control of the al-Zunnar Fort, which separates between Wadi Hmayyed and the Shbib area in the northern outskirts of Arsal. The Dhalil al-Aqraa Hill is one of the most important hills that overlook ISIS outposts.

This security incident was mapped according to the closest possible location.
Primary category: 
Heavy Artillery [inc.rocket attacks]
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.