Arsal witnesses tension, Army cordons off the village

APRIL 1, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Arsal witnesses tension among locals and armed Syrians on the back ground of abduction and counter-abduction operations, National News Agency correspondent reported on Wednesday.

It is to note that the citizen Hussein Seif Eddine was abducted on Monday from a shop owned by member of Ezzeddine family in Arsal; duly members of Ezzedine family abducted Amer and Ahmad Karnabi who were released yesterday (Tuesday) in a good initiative and interference from Lebanese Army Intelligence.

However, when the captors did not release Seif Eddine by today morning, a number of young people from Noah and Ezzeddine families opened fire, captured 35 displaced Syrians from the Syrian Kara village and banned any activities in a neighborhood resided by Syrians in the village.

Arsal is currently witnessing mobilizations for Lebanese Army at Arsal village surroundings and Al-Masyada region and cordoned off the village as well, the reporter said.