Army Detains Eight Syrians as Crackdown on Refugees Continues

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The army intelligence arrested on Monday eight Syrian refugees and referred them to the competent judiciary for questioning.

The state-run National News Agency reported that the army intelligence raided several places in the northern Koura district where Syrian refugee are residing.

“Eight Syrians were detained and referred for interrogation,” the NNA reported.

No further details were obtained.

The army began cracking down on Syrian encampments after troops battled jihadists who overran the northeastern border town of Arsal in August.

Scores of soldiers were killed and wounded in the battles that ensued the attack, which ended with a ceasefire on August 7.

Media reports had said that some Syrian refugees residing in encampments across the country have in their possession arms and had reportedly aided jihadists in Arsal.

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