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Joint Palestinian security force in south Lebanon’s Ain al-Hilweh arrest two drug dealers

Date of incident: 
July 15, 2017
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Palestinian Civilians/Refugees
Lebanese Military Intelligence

The joint Palestinian security force arrested two suspected drug dealers in south Lebanon’s Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp, a source told The Daily Star.

The security force detained the two Palestinian suspects “in a well-planned ambush” after Lebanese authorities tipped-off the Palestinian force as to their whereabouts, the source said.

The two men, Mohamed Khalil Soueid and Mahmoud Youssef Abdel-Aal, were accessing the Sidon camp from its southern entrance, the source continued, adding they were handed over to Lebanese Army intelligence unit.

The joint security force, a coalition of Palestinian parties, is in charge of security inside Lebanon’s largest Palestinian refugee camp that is home to around 100,000 people. Ain al-Hilweh is de facto off-limits for Lebanese authorities.

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Illicit Trade/Trafficking/Smuggling
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Power & governance conflicts
Violent or non-violent conflicts associated with antagonisms related to internal political tensions between local and/or national groups and parties. These tensions may be encouraged by internal, regional and international parties. Such conflicts are characterized by their defiance and/or opposition to central State power and governance.