Lebanese army's efforts to bring stability supported by UN

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Ross Mountain. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Efforts of the Lebanese Armed Forces to bring stability and security to their country are supported by the United Nations.

This commitment was reiterated by the top UN envoy in Lebanon following clashes between Lebanese troops and Syrian rebels in the eastern border town of Arsal.

According to reports, at least 13 Lebanese soldiers have been killed since fighting broke on Saturday when rebels raided the town after the Lebanese forces detained an alleged Syrian rebel.

Acting UN Special Coordinator in Lebanon, Ross Mountain, has strongly condemned the attacks on the Lebanese Armed Forces and the violence in and around the town of Arsal on Sunday.

Spokesperson Vanina Maestracci has more.

"Those attacks led to the deaths, injury and abduction of soldiers and members of the security forces, and caused civilian fatalities and injuries. The United Nations is committed to the stability and security of Lebanon. The Acting Special Coordinator reiterates the UN's strong support for the Lebanese Armed Forces and the security forces of Lebanon in their efforts to achieve this goal." (22")

Thousands of people were reported to be fleeing the town of Arsal on Monday as fighting between the Lebanese army and Syrian rebels continued for the third day.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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