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Six army soldiers killed, two injured in ambush in Ras Baalbeck

Associated Timeline/Case: 
Ras Baalbeck Clashes (starting December 2, 2014)
Date of incident: 
December 2, 2014
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF)
Armed militants

Six army soldiers were killed and two others injured this evening in an ambush set up by gunmen in Tallet al-Hamra in the outskirts of Rass Baalbeck, National News Agency correspondent reported on Tuesday.

Both sides engaged in clashes which required the intervention of the airborne regiment.

The six martyrs' bodies and the injured soldier were taken to the local "Universal" Hospital in Ras Baalbeck, whereby the wounded person is currently undergoing surgery in his leg.

The Lebanese Army Command - Orientation Directorate issued on Tuesday the following statement:

"Around 5:10 p.m. this afternoon, an army patrol circulating Ras Baalbeck terrains fell into an ambush set by a terrorist group. A clash took place between soldiers and terrorists, resulting in six martyrs among the military, and one slightly wounded soldier. The army sent reinforcements to the area. Military units have taken appropriate measures on ground."

Primary category: 
Clashes/Armed Conflict
Secondary Category: 
Classification of conflict (primary): 
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.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
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.