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Human smuggler arrested in Bekaa Valley
A suspected human smuggler was arrested in West Bekaa said the National News Agency.
The 26-year-old suspect, identified as F.Z, was stopped in Suwieri, west Bekaa, after getting shot in the left leg following an exchange of fire with an Internal Security Forces information branch patrol, said the state-owned news agency.
The suspect was driving a red Toyota when the shootout took place. Police found 11 Syrians in the car, seven of which were children.
He was taken to Farhat hospital for treatment.
Lebanese security forces have been clamping down on people smuggling rings that have been mainly facilitating the entry of Syrians into Lebanon illegally.
The Lebanese government estimates that around 1.5 million Syrian refugees live in unofficial camps around the country in deteriorating economic conditions - which Lebanon was already suffering prior to the refugee crisis.