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Conflict Incident Report

ISF arrested four suspects for theft and trafficking of antiquities

Date of incident: 
October 13, 2017
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Syrian Civilians/Refugees
Lebanese Civilians
Internal Security Forces (ISF)
The Internal Security Forces has recovered a painting thought to be an original work by legendary artist Salvador Dali, and arrested suspects for theft and trafficking of antiquities.
The ISF's International Crimes Prevention Bureau seized “Portrait of Mrs. Reeves” on October 13 after investigations in the Cola area of Beirut and Dohat Aramoun in Metn.
The bureau reported the arrest of four suspects, who were allegedly trying to sell the painting. They were identified as Y.B., born in 1975, Syrian national M.Y., born in 1991, M.H., born in 1983 and Lebanese national M.A., born in 1982.
The painting, reportedly finished in 1954, had been stolen from a neighboring country and “is likely to be original and worth millions of dollars.”
Suspect Y.B. was reportedly also discovered to have another warrant out for his arrest
This security incident was mapped according to the closest possible location.
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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.