AL-QAIDA-AFFILIATED extremists will surrender the Arsal region on the Lebanon-Syria border, Lebanese General Abbas Ibrahim said yesterday.
A ceasefire with Hetesh went into effect yesterday morning after a six-day offensive by the Lebanese army and Hezbollah guerillas.
Gen Ibrahim said talks were under way for militants and their families to be evacuated to Syria’s north-western Idlib province — where Hetesh has all but seized control from fellow jihadis Ahrar al-Sham.
Arsal, in the Beqaa valley, has a large refugee camp for Syrian refugees where extremists have battled government troops.
Turkey reopened the Bab al-Hawa border crossing near the Mediterranean coast on Wednesday after several days of closure in response to the fierce infighting.
Reports have emerged from Idlib of “moderate” Western-backed factions allying with Hetesh, amid ceasefire talks.