One of the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s” (ISIS) top commanders, Ons Khaled Za’arour, was reportedly killed on Wednesday during a Lebanese Army raid in the village of Wadi Al-‘Aranib in Jaroud ‘Arsal.
The terrorist commander was killed alongside a number of fugitives with ties to both ISIS and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” this morning.
In addition to the death of these terrorists, the Lebanese Army also arrested 27 individuals that were suspected of aiding ISIS and Jabhat Al-Nusra in the villages of Wadi Al-‘Aranib and Al-Joumruk.
These suspects were believed to have been accomplices in the ISIS assault on Lebanese civilians in Jaroud ‘Arsal.
Moreover, the military soldiers carried out raids against field hospital in Arsal barrens, run by ISIS affiliates, and arrested 16 terrorists, including Ahmad Noun, suspected to be the mastermind behind the recent incidents in the border town.
A statement by the Lebanese army said the terrorists arrested were plotting to attack army positions in the area and to kidnap citizens from Arsal town.
Explosives and suicide belts were also confiscated. The army deployed in the town and patrolled its neighborhoods.
The military raided the house of Abdul Rahman al-Flaiti aka Nougo in the al-Joumrok neighborhood in Arsal and arrested seven people, bringing the number of arrests to 27.
In the Bekaa town of Zahle, the army apprehended Hassan Youssef al-Flaiti in Ablah, and Syrian Bassil Ahmed Salloum in the town of Mtayleb in Metn on suspicion of belonging to cell groups of “terrorist organizations”, the army Orientation Directorate said in a statement.
Thirty-one Syrian nationals were also taken into custody in the northern district of Akkar for failure to possess identifications cards and for illegal entry to Lebanon.
The detainees were handed to the competent agencies.
Sources: NNA and Al-Manar