Lebanese army raids refugee and bedouin camps in Bekaa Valley

Published February 18th, 2015 - 09:30 GMT

The Lebanese Army and security services launched dawn raids Wednesday on camps inhabited by Syrian refugees and Bedouins in the Bekaa Valley as part of a security plan to restore stability to east Lebanon.

Security sources told The Daily Star a number of Syrians were arrested in the early morning raids on encampments in the Taibeh and Majdaloun areas between the villages of Brital and Baalbek for not carrying identity cards or having expired residency permits.

Meanwhile, members from the Internal Security Forces and General Security kept up the siege around the Baalbek neighborhood of Hay al-Sharawneh as Lebanese soldiers continued to raid homes in search for outlaws.

Security forces entered Baalbek for the first time Tuesday in the sixth day of raids since the launch of the security plan for the Beqqa and east Lebanon.

Several Lebanese citizens were detained, including one wanted on multiple warrants for his involvment in a series of shootings, according to a military statement.

The statement also said 50 kilograms of drugs and six cars without legal documents were seized in Tuesday’s raids, in addition to a quantity of military gear and light ammunition.

By Nidal Solh


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