Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Lebanon

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Lebanon

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Apr. 24: The Shi'a militia Hizbullah built a runway in the northern Biqa' Valley designed for its fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles. The airstrip was built about six miles south of the town of Hermel. [JP, 4/24]

May 5: Hizbullah fighters and gunmen from the Nusra Front clashed in eastern Lebanon near the border with Syria. According to Al-Manar, Hizbullah's television channel, and a military source, the group ambushed Nusra fighters on the outskirts of the mountain towns of Tufayl and Barital. Hizbullah fighters destroyed five of Nusra's military vehicles and killed 12 of its fighters. [Reuters, 5/5]

May 20: The first batch of French weapons supplied by Saudi Arabia arrived in Lebanon 16 months after the arms were initially promised. Saudi Arabia, concerned about jihadi groups operating on the Lebanese border, agreed in December 2013 to fund $3 billion worth of French weapons to be purchased by the Lebanese. However, the shipment mostly included weapons and vehicles that the army could not use and had not asked for, casting doubt upon the utility of the transfer. [AFP, 5/19]

June 1: A child died when dozens of tents at a Syrian refugee camp in the Biqa' Valley caught fire. Approximately 160 of the camp's 300 tents were burned, and four adults were treated for smoke inhalation at a nearby hospital. …

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