When one hears the term “civil war,” they think of that situation as a time of the past. For those in the Middle East this term is all too real.
The media in Lebanon have been using this term to describe a five-day conflict that took place in the first week of August. During this week, more than 20 Lebanese and Internal Security Forces were abducted from Arsal, Syria.
As time went on, the crisis seemed to be worsening. A video popped up throughout social media of two Lebanese soldiers being beheaded by the Islamic state.
Shocking the nation, families began to demand that the government do something to save their loved ones who had been captured by the ISF.
Many were worried that this security problem could potentially lead to more division of the state. They feared that the army could no longer protect their lives there. As the beheadings started to gain more popularity, protests began to break out in many cities in the Middle East.
According to the fairobserver.com, the Arsal crisis started on August 2. The Lebanese soldiers arrested Ahmed Jumaa, a commander of the Syrian rebel group. Many militants from ISF started to attack the town of Arsal.
Many Syrian civilians were harmed and killed with Arsal being a home to thousands of Syrian refugees.
This is the time that the two sides decided on a ceasefire but suddenly took a turn for the worse. Now is the time when militants decided to capture the 20 Lebanese soldiers and keep them captive.
They decided to release five of the abducted people but refused to let anyone else free until their members who were held captive would be set free as well.
Feeling as if they were under attack, the Lebanese people decided to fight back. They attacked Syrian refugees by burning down tent camps. The tensions between the two groups began to grow significantly.
The most recent headline involving the Abduction of Lebanese and ISF was the death of Kayla Muller. She was captured by ISIS and told everyone she would fight for as long as she can.
According to the claims of the IS, Mueller had been killed by a Jordanian air strike. She has just lived to the young age of 26.
As this crisis takes shocking turns, America watches in disbelief, not sure what to expect next.