A hole in a house overlooking Syrian refugees' burnt tents in Arsal, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)
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Dozens of families streamed back into Arsal Friday to survey the damage after five days of clashes between the Lebanese Army and militants brought chaos to the northern frontier town.But the fate of 19 Army soldiers and several other Internal Security Forces personnel kidnapped by fighters belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) and the Nusra Front was unclear as the military reinforced its positions Friday and barred journalists from entering the town, citing security concerns.The Army turned back some families who were hoping to return to their homes after days of displacement following the militant takeover of the strategic town.Soldiers erected a key checkpoint near the town's infirmary, 2 km from the town center, which was turned into a temporary base for the militants who overran Arsal after the arrest of a rebel commander.Seventeen soldiers and over 50 militants were killed in the clashes.
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