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Conflict Incident Report

150 detained in Bekaa human smuggling crackdown

Date of incident: 
July 19, 2018
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Actors/Parties Involved: 
Syrian Civilians/Refugees
Internal Security Forces (ISF)

Over 150 people, including 55 children, were detained Thursday being smuggled into Lebanese territory by human traffickers, according to a statement released by the Internal Security Forces.

The traffickers, identified as M.B. and K. D., both Syrian nationals, were caught smuggling the people in the village of Suweiri in Western Bekaa. The arrests came as a result of an ISF initiative aimed at cracking down on human trafficking between Lebanon and Syria.

The migrants who were being smuggled into the country were handed over to the relevant officials, and their cases will be considered following an investigation. They face charges of attempting to enter Lebanese territory illegally. The traffickers also face multiple charges.

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Secondary Category: 
Illicit Trade/Trafficking/Smuggling
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Border conflicts (Syrian border)
Violations, disputes and/or conflicts arising between rival armed groups along the Lebanese/Syrian borders which involve parties or militant groups from the Lebanese and Syrian side in both Lebanon and Syria. These conflicts also encompass transnational groups (such as faith-based regional groups, e.g. ISIS, al-Nusra Front) that cannot be considered as strictly Syrian, Lebanese or of any other national entity.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
Individual acts of violence
Violent incidents which do not have a specific or a known political agenda but are caused by the general proliferation of weapons, of trained and untrained soldiers or militants, by the general inefficiency of the Justice system, and past-traditions and histories of violence within society.