A general view of the town of Arsal (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Many of Arsal's residents already have permits to cross to the town's outskirts and those protesting new restrictions are a minority, an Army source told The Daily Star Monday, hours after a confrontation between soldiers and protesters left three people injured.According to eye witness accounts and the Army source, a brief altercation occurred between soldiers and a few Arsal residents between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Monday morning at the Wadi Hmayyed checkpoint.The Army announced Sunday that a permit would now be required to cross into Arsal's outskirts.The Army source said soldiers responded by firing shots into the air and using tear gas to disperse the crowds.The Army source said Hujeiri must have been hit by a stray bullet. He insisted that the protesters were not targeted, saying soldiers had fired in the air. Many other protesters were arrested for physically assaulting Army troops and failing to cooperate with the military's commands.Separately, the Army conducted raids in the Tripoli neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh and arrested Youssef Ghamrawi, who is suspected of carrying out attacks against the military during the Army's crackdown against jihadis in the northern city in October.
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