Lebanese Army Shells Nusra Front Locations in Arsal, Baalbek

Bombing comes a day after Al-Qaeda's Syria wing released 16 Lebanese soldiers in exchange for 13 prisoners in a swap deal

The Lebanese army has begun targeting a number of Nusra Front positions in Arsal and Baalbeck on Wednesday.

The bombing comes one day after Nusra released 16 Lebanese soldiers in exchange for 13 prisoners, including Saja al-Dulaimi, the former wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The swap was the result of an agreement between Nusra and the Lebanese government, which included the opening of safe and permanent humanitarian paths to Syrian refugee camps in Arsal, securing relief supplies to the camps in Arsal, securing medical treatment, and securing a number of wounded civilians in Syria, according to a list provided by Nusra.

The Lebanese government has also pledged to settle the legal status of those released from its prisons, both those who will choose to stay in Lebanon, or who would like to travel to other countries.

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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