Two Pales­tini­ans, one Syr­ian ar­rested over ter­ror ties

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - LEBANON -

BEIRUT: The fol­low­ing se­cu­ri­tyre­lated in­ci­dents took place across Lebanon Thurs­day:


State Se­cu­rity ar­rested two Pales­tini­ans on sus­pi­cion of be­ing af­fil­i­ated with a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The sus­pects, iden­ti­fied as Mo­ham­mad M. and Was­sim G., were ar­rested in the Chouf town of Joun. They ad­mit­ted to be­long­ing to a mili­tia run by hard-line mil­i­tant Abed Fod­dah, ac­tive in the Pales­tinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hil­weh, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the direc­torate. They also ad­mit­ted to be­ing in­volved in re­cent clashes in the camp as weapons traf­fick­ers.


Gen­eral Se­cu­rity ar­rested Thurs­day a Syr­ian na­tional for work­ing with Daesh (ISIS) in Ar­sal.

The man, 26, was iden­ti­fied by his ini­tials M.K.R. and ad­mit­ted that he worked as a se­cu­rity guard for the ter­ror­ist group in the north­east­ern bor­der town, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the direc­torate.

The man also ad­mit­ted to be­ing an in­for­mant. “He con­tacted Daesh lead­ers and pro­vided them with information about public fig­ures and se­cu­rity of­fi­cials in­side Ar­sal in or­der to kill them,” the state­ment added.


Mil­i­tary In­ves­tiga­tive Judge Fadi Sawan is­sued in­dict­ments against two men ac­cused of fight­ing for hard­line mil­i­tants in the most re­cent Ain al-Hil­weh clashes, the state-run Na­tional News Agency re­ported.

Pales­tinian sus­pects Mah­moud al-Hayek and Fadi Alaa al-Deen al­legedly fought on the side of ex­trem­ist and for­mer Al-Qaedalinked mil­i­tant leader Bi­lal Badr in clashes in the camp in Au­gust that left four dead and dozens wounded.

Thurs­day’s in­dict­ments also al­lege the two sus­pects shot at Le­banese Army po­si­tions dur­ing the 2013 Abra clashes on the side of rad­i­cal preacher Ah­mad al-As­sir – who was re­cently sen­tenced to death by Beirut’s Mil­i­tary Tri­bunal for lead­ing the clashes against the Army.

The charges say the sus­pects killed and at­tempted to kill sol­diers and civil­ians as well as de­stroyed public and pri­vate prop­erty. Sawan is­sued war­rants for their ar­rests and re­ferred their cases to the Mil­i­tary court. The Abra clashes left 18 sol­diers and 40 As­sir loy­al­ists dead. –

Weapons seized by the Le­banese Army.

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