The Lebanese army has stepped up its presence in the Bekaa Valley after four soldiers on patrol were killed in an ambush. Reinforcements have been sent to the north of the valley. Squads of Lebanese troops set up road blocks, and raided several properties in the search for the attackers.
The soldiers were in a military vehicle on the Reyak to Baalbek highway when it was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade followed by machine-gun fire. Lebanese military sources believe it is likely to have been a revenge attack by tribe members after an army crackdown on crime in the Bekaa Valley in recent weeks.