Lebanese army take full control of eastern highway

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Associated Press

Posted on April 5, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Updated Saturday, Apr 5 at 10:33 AM

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's state-run National News Agency says government forces have taken full control of a highway in the country's northeast once patrolled by gunmen.

The agency said Saturday the army is in charge of all checkpoints on the road linking the towns of Arsal and Hermel near the Syrian border.

Members of the militant Hezbollah group used to search cars amid a wave of car bombs that killed scores of people. NNA said after Saturday's deployment, only troops will be searching cars there.

Syria's civil war has spilled over into Lebanon on multiple occasions and inflamed sectarian tensions. Lebanese Sunnis often back the Sunni rebels and Shiites frequently support President Bashar Assad. Violence along the highway has been attributed to the civil war, now in its fourth year.

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