Ain al-Hil­weh sus­pects hand them­selves in

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - LEBANON -

BEIRUT: The fol­low­ing se­cu­ri­tyre­lated in­ci­dents took place across the coun­try Thurs­day:

PALES­TINIAN FORCES HAND OVER SUS­PECT

The joint Pales­tinian se­cu­rity force in­side the south Le­banon refugee camp of Ain al-Hil­weh handed over a wanted man to Le­banese Army In­tel­li­gence, the state-run Na­tional News Agency re­ported. The Pales­tinian na­tional, iden­ti­fied as Aa. S., was turned over to the Army at a mil­i­tary check­point near Si­don’s pub­lic hos­pi­tal. This de­vel­op­ment came af­ter an­other man, wanted by au­thor­i­ties on sus­pi­cion of be­ing part of an out­lawed, hard-line Ain al-Hil­weh mil­i­tant group, handed him­self in to the In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity Forces’ In­for­ma­tion Branch in Si­don, the Pales­tinian se­cu­rity force said Tues­day. The man, iden­ti­fied as Mo­hammed Z., had a war­rant out for his ar­rest over sus­pected ties with the ex­trem­ist ad­her­ents of Bi­lal Badr. Pales­tinian se­cu­rity forces have re­cently taken steps to in­crease se­cu­rity mea­sures in or­der to ad­dress crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity in the camp.

SUS­PECTED TER­ROR­IST AR­RESTED

A Pales­tinian na­tional was ar­rested Thurs­day by Gen­eral Se­cu­rity for in­volve­ment in the il­le­gal traf­fick­ing of weapons and on sus­pi­cion of be­ing linked to ter­ror­ist groups, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the force. Iden­ti­fied as M.A.H., the sus­pect re­port­edly first ar­rived in Le­banon in 1988, with the in­tent of estab­lish­ing an il­le­gal weapons trade in Si­don’s Pales­tinian camp of Ain alHil­weh. Upon in­ter­ro­ga­tion, M.A.H. al­legedly con­fessed to his crimes and added that since 2007 he had been part of sev­eral ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions. Th­ese in­cluded Daesh (ISIS), Jab­hat Fatah al-Sham – formerly known as the Nusra Front – Jund al-Sham and Shabab al-Mus­lim. Dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tions, M.A.H. ex­pressed re­morse for his wrong­do­ings and par­tic­i­pat­ing in the deal­ing of il­le­gal arms in the camp. He also ad­mit­ted to col­lab­o­rat­ing with in­di­vid­u­als in­side the camp, in­clud­ing at­large ex­trem­ists Bi­lal Badr, Chadi alMawlawi and pop singer Fadel Shaker. M.A.H. took part in sev­eral ter­ror­ist at­tacks that threat­ened na­tional se­cu­rity, which ranged from in­di­vid­ual scuf­fles, to clashes with Fatah Move­ment and the joint Pales­tinian se­cu­rity forces de­signed to wres­tle con­trol of Ain al-Hil­weh. –

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