(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) By Ayoub Khadaj BEIRUT, Aug 5 (KUNA) -- A Lebanese security source said on Saturday that the army's intensive shelling of the so-called Islamic State (IS) group's posts in Ras Baalbek, caused casualties among the militant group.
The source, that preferred anonymity, told KUNA that the Lebanese Army units today continued to target the IS posts in Ras Baalbek, in northeastern Lebanon, firing intensive rocket and artillery shells.
The army also targeted IS posts in the mountains and hills around several other towns of the Bekaa Governorate.
The shelling destroyed a number of IS fortifications and vehicles, causing "definite casualties" among IS fighters, the source added.
Over the past few days, the military has been targeting IS posts after receiving huge enforcements as part of preparations for an overall attack on the group in the rough mountains on the outskirts of Ras Baalbek and Al-Qaa towns, across the borders with Syria.
On Wednesday, thousands of Syrian refugees and Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham's fighters were evacuated from Lebanon and have already arrived in areas in Syria. The figure was put at 8,000 by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
The withdrawal move was agreed upon between the Lebanese Hezbollah and IS groups. (end) ayb.msa
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