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Conflict Incident Report

Army Arrests 2 Members of Human Trafficking Ring in Bekaa

Date of incident: 
February 13, 2016
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Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF)
Syrian Civilians/Refugees

The Lebanese army said on Saturday that it arrested two members of a human trafficking network in the area of al-Swairi in the eastern Bekaa Valley. An army communique said that a military patrol raided the house of detainee Fawaz Mohammed Abou Nemri and arrested his wife Alaa Shouman and Syrian Jawdat Zaaar Baydar. Abou Nemri is in detention for smuggling Syrians to Lebanon. The woman and the Syrian man have for a long time been involved in operations to forge documents for the purpose of smuggling Syrians to and from Lebanon, said the communique. Troops found passports, residency permits, seals and other documents – all of them forged – inside the house. They also seized firearms, ammunition and other military gear.

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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.