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Conflict Incident Report

Customs unit raid shops selling smuggled phones in Beirut

Date of incident: 
November 24, 2016
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Lebanese Customs

On 24 Nov 16, Customs officials confiscated smuggled mobile phones from a commercial shopping center east of Beirut. A unit of the Lebanese Customs Administration cracked down on several mobile phone shops in the commercial district of Hazmieh in Mount Lebanon. This move follows last week’s arrest of phone dealer Kamel Amhaz and the raids over his and his family’s phone shops in Beirut and the eastern Lebanon town of Baalbek. Amhaz is accused of smuggling over 1 million mobile phones into Lebanon.

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Illicit Trade/Trafficking/Smuggling
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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.