Army Stops Foodstuffs Truck Destined for Arsal Jihadists

The army on Sunday seized a truck loaded with foodstuffs that was headed for the jihadist groups in the outskirts of the Bekaa border town of Arsal, state-run National News Agency reported.

“A truck loaded with foodstuffs and headed for the outskirts was stopped at the army’s Wadi Hmeid checkpoint in Arsal,” NNA said, identifying the driver as Mohammed Aude, aka “al-Aqtash.”

Militants from the jihadist Islamic State and Fateh al-Sham groups are entrenched in Arsal’s outskirts and in mountainous areas along the undemarcated Lebanese-Syrian border.

The army regularly shells their posts while Hizbullah and the Syrian army have engaged in clashes with them on the Syrian side of the border.

The two groups briefly overran the town of Arsal in August 2014 before being ousted by the army after days of deadly battles.

The retreating militants abducted more than 30 troops and policemen of whom four have been executed and nine remain in IS’ captivity.