Two Palestinians, one Syrian arrested over terror ties
BEIRUT: The following securityrelated incidents took place across Lebanon Thursday:
PALESTINIANS BELONGING TO TERRORIST GROUP ARRESTED
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 ARRESTS DAESH COLLABORATOR
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.
JUDGE INDICTS AIN AL-HILWEH MILITANTS
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.