Lebanon’s Christians fear IS attacks
IS has begun a land grab around the area it already controls in the Bekaa Valley, where at least 21 Lebanese soldiers and policemen are being held hostage by between 2,000 and 3,000 fighters from IS and the Al-Qaeda-linked group Al-Nusra Front.
The farmland in the Bekaa Valley is largely inhabited by Shia Muslims, with Sunni and Christian minorities. In response to the threat, villagers are arming themselves, ready for attack, with support from US weapons deliveries.
“We are a minority and we are under threat by the jihadists,” the commander of the volunteer guards in Ras Baalbek, told the Times.
Having seen the devastation brought as IS have spread across parts of Iraq and Syria, many are fearful about what awaits Lebanon.
“We all know that if they come, they will slit our throats for no reason,” one villager in Qaa, who was armed with a rifle, told Associated Press. read more…