Lebanese forces arrest two suspected of fighting army in Abra, Arsal

Published September 29th, 2015 - 05:37 GMT
One man was detained over his suspected involvement in 2013 Lebanon clashes near Sidon, the second over 2014 Syrian border fights. (AFP/File)
One man was detained over his suspected involvement in 2013 Lebanon clashes near Sidon, the second over 2014 Syrian border fights. (AFP/File)

Security forces Tuesday detained a man suspected of involvement in the 2013 south Lebanon clashes, and another man over the 2014 Syria border battle, in separate operations.

The army said in a statement that "a unit arrested in Sidon Firas Abdul Latif Hakawati for his involvement in the 2013 Abra (near Sidon) battle."

The two-day battle led to the deaths of 18 soldiers and about 40 supported of radical cleric Ahmad al-Assir, who was arrested last month after more than two years on the run.

Separately, General Security announced the arrest of a Syrian national for contacting "terror" groups entrenched on the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal.

According to a statement, the suspect also "collaborated with three Syrians and a Lebanese to provide militants with arms and ammunition in return of a certain amount of money."

Islamist militants have been holed up in the mountains surrounding Arsal since August 2014 when they fought a deadly battle with the army.

Later in the day, the Lebanese army said in a statement that a unit raided the houses of wanted suspects in Deir al-Ahmar in the eastern city of Baalbek, arresting one identified as Khaled Akram Amhaz, who is wanted for opening fire at an army patrol.

Two Kalashnikov rifles, a hand grenade, light ammunition, military equipment, communication devices and forged identification papers were confiscated during the raids.


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