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Conflict Incident Report

ISF arrested mastermind of human smuggling in Zahleh

Date of incident: 
December 1, 2018
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Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Internal Security Forces (ISF)
Lebanese Civilians

The Internal Security Forces Saturday announced the arrest of the mastermind of one of the most dangerous smuggling networks of foreigners across the Lebanese-Syrian border.

The ISF said in a communiqué that "the detainee is a Lebanese national with initials (F.A.N) born in 1989."

He was also charged with murder, kidnapping, robbery, forming an armed gang and smuggling.

Primary category: 
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.