Ain al-Hilweh suspects hand themselves in
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. –