Army in­ter­cepts boat bound for Cyprus ISF AR­RESTS SUS­PECTED CAR THIEF

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - LEBANON -

BEIRUT: The fol­low­ing ar­rests were re­ported in Le­banon Fri­day.

PEO­PLE SMUG­GLERS AR­RESTED AF­TER BOAT TO CYPRUS STOPPED

The Army Fri­day ar­rested peo­ple smug­glers af­ter in­ter­cept­ing a fish­ing boat car­ry­ing pas­sen­gers at­tempt­ing to travel to Cyprus il­le­gally near the coast of Tripoli, an Army state­ment re­ported.

A pa­trol from the Army’s In­for­ma­tion Branch, ac­com­pa­nied by its mar­itime forces, stopped the boat off the coast of Qalam­oun, in north­ern Le­banon.

The Army said that 42 peo­ple were on board the ves­sel – all of them Syr­ian na­tion­als ex­cept for one Bangladeshi.

Lo­cal me­dia re­ported that the Army had been in­formed about the peo­ple smug­gling op­er­a­tion by “peo­ple al­ready in de­ten­tion,” though re­ports did not pro­vide fur­ther de­tails.

The Army was sub­se­quently able to in­ter­cept the boat and ar­rest the smug­glers, re­ports said.

Sev­eral at­tempts to il­le­gally bring peo­ple from Le­banon to Cyprus have been stopped by the Army and the In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity Forces.

ISF AR­RESTS COU­PLE FOR STEAL­ING PURSE CON­TAIN­ING $2,000

The ISF ar­rested a mar­ried cou­ple sus­pected of steal­ing a purse that con­tained $2,000 and iden­tity pa­pers, the agency re­ported in a state­ment Fri­day.

The cou­ple, iden­ti­fied as Syr­ian Aa.B., born 1988, and her Syr­ian hus­band M.H., born 1993, snatched the bag from in­side a woman’s car in Baabda’s Chiyah and fled on a mo­tor­cy­cle.

An ISF pa­trol ar­rested Aa.B. Thurs­day in Beirut’s south­ern sub­urbs. M.H. was later ar­rested while rid­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle with­out plates in Mrei­jeh. They were re­ferred to the ju­di­ciary for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The ISF ar­rested a sus­pected car thief near Ar­sal, the agency said in a state­ment re­leased Fri­day.

The In­for­ma­tion Branch had been in­ves­ti­gat­ing a se­ries of car thefts in Mount Le­banon and the Bekaa, and Wed­nes­day an ISF pa­trol chased a Hyundai sus­pected to be one of the stolen cars in the Bekaa area.

The pa­trol or­dered the driver to stop sev­eral times, and even­tu­ally shot at the car, but the driver con­tin­ued un­til he reached the town of Ar­sal, where he crashed the ve­hi­cle and es­caped on foot.

The stolen car was con­fis­cated, and the man was later ar­rested.

He was iden­ti­fied as Syr­ian Y.E., born in 1966, and found to be in pos­ses­sion of a plas­tic ham­mer, which he al­legedly used in the thefts. –

CRIME RE­PORT

The Army said 42 peo­ple were on board.

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