Lebanon army arrests 18 Syrians for illegally entering the country
Lebanese security forces check cars in Bekaa Valley (File/AFP)
The army announced on Wednesday that it arrested over the past three days a number of Syrians in the eastern Bekaa region of Arsal for illegally entering Lebanon.
It said that 18 Syrians were arrested at Arsal checkpoints for entering the country with fake Lebanese General Security documents.
The General Security confirmed, after investigations with some of the detainees, that they had entered Lebanon through forged documents.
The Syrians confessed that they had each paid USD 250 for the documents.
On May 2, the army said that it had arrested seven Syrians for also illegally entering the country.
Ever since the Syrian revolt erupted in March 2011, Arsal has served as a key conduit for refugees, rebels and wounded people fleeing strife-torn Syria.