Army intercepts boat bound for Cyprus ISF ARRESTS SUSPECTED CAR THIEF
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. –
The Army said 42 people were on board.