Lebanese court sentences Syrian fighters to death

A Lebanese military court on Tuesday sentenced a group of Syrian al-Nusra Jabhat fighters to death for killing Lebanese soldiers.

The Permanent Military Court, chaired by General Mounir Chehad, sentenced Adnan Muhammad al-Zara’i, Ziyad Muhammad Satuf, Muhammad Khalid Satuf and Ubaida Muhammad Satuf to death by hanging. Another man, Al-Khadir Khalid Satuf, was sentenced to life in prison with hard labour, the official National News Agency reported.

The men were convicted in connection with the 2014 battle in Arsal, Lebanon, near the Syrian border. As members of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, the men killed the Lebanese army and Syrian Arab army soldiers, kidnapped Lebanese soldiers and weapons stolen, according to the Lebanese army.

The Battle of Arsal took place after an attack by Jabhat al-Nusra on the Lebanese army in the area. The Syrian army, which was also fighting the al-Nusra Front at the time, helped their Lebanese counterparts. The battle ended in a Lebanese victory.

Jabhat al-Nusra has since renamed itself Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. The group controls much of the rebel stronghold of Idlib province in northwestern Syria and has a more complicated relationship now with al Qaeda.

There was significant overflow violence from Syria to Lebanon during the early years of the Syrian Civil War.

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