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Sectarian divide deepens over Lebanon's Arsal

Tensions between Shia and Sunni communities mount after days of clashes in town sheltering thousands of Syrian refugees.

Last updated: 07 Aug 2014 10:18
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Lebanon's army has agreed a ceasefire extension with Syrian armed groups near the border town of Arsal, aimed at allowing essential goods to the besieged town after days of heavy fighting.

But residents of a neighbouring Shia town are blocking humanitarian assistance from reaching the predominantly Sunni-populated Arsal, further igniting tensions between the two communities.

Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr reports from the outskirts of Arsal.


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