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    Last al-Nusra Front Militants in Lebanese Camps Cross Back Into Syria

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    Sources with Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement reported that buses with Syrian militants and their families who were staying in Lebanese refugee camps crossed back into Syria late on Wednesday.

    BEIRUT (Sputnik) — Buses with Syrian militants and their families who were staying in Lebanese refugee camps crossed back into Syria late on Wednesday, sources with Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement told Sputnik.

    Members of Jabhat Fatah al Sham terror group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front were granted safe passage to Syria through the mountainous Aarsal region on the Lebanese-Syrian border as part of a pact to free Hezbollah prisoners.

    "The expulsion of Nusra militants, their relatives and those willing to follow them is over. A total of 116 buses have departed," the source said, adding this number included vehicles with health aid workers.

    A source in the Lebanese militant movement told Sputnik earlier that a total of 7,777 people – fighters and others – were to leave Lebanese territory under the arrangement.

    The withdrawal followed Hezbollah’s recent gains in fighting against Syrian militants in Aarsal, a major arms and gunmen smuggling hub. Islamists have also been using Syrian refugee camps there as hideouts and recruitment grounds.


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