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Lebanese army destroys at least 20 homes in Syrian refugee settlements as govt ultimatum expires
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Lebanese army destroys at least 20 homes in Syrian refugee settlements as govt ultimatum expires

The Lebanese army started destroying Syrian refugee settlements in northeast Lebanon on Monday after the expiry of a government ultimatum, officials said. Keen not to encourage Syrians to settle permanently, the government had given refugees in the village of Arsal until 1 July to demolish shelters made of other materials than timber and plastic sheeting, which it considers illegal. Lebanon, a country of some four million people, hosts between 1.5 and 2 million Syrians on its soil.

Hezbollah claims to have killed 46 Sunni militants near Lebanon-Syria border
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Hezbollah claims to have killed 46 Sunni militants near Lebanon-Syria border

Lebanon's Shia Islamist movement Hezbollah claimed it had killed 46 Sunni radicals during its offensive to liberate the northeastern region of Arsal, next to the Syrian border.

Clerics mediate truce in Lebanon after army battles Syrian jihadists
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Clerics mediate truce in Lebanon after army battles Syrian jihadists

At least 17 soldiers have been killed battling the jihadists, who are reportedly from several different extremist groups fighting in Syria.

Lebanon: Forces fight Syria-linked militants in border town
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Lebanon: Forces fight Syria-linked militants in border town

Security officials say the gunmen in Arsal include fighters linked to the Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that has seized territory in Syria and Iraq, as well as Syria's al Qaeda branch, the Nusra Front.