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Conflict Incident Report

Plan to poison Army’s water supply thwarted

Date of incident: 
September 28, 2018
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Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF)
Palestinian Civilians/Refugees

General Security said Thursday it arrested a man suspected of belonging to Daesh (ISIS) and planning to dump poison into the Lebanese Army’s water supply with the intent of killing soldiers.

In a statement, General Security identified the suspect as M.H.A., a Palestinian refugee born in 1991.

The suspect had already made a quantity of the poison with the help of another person who lives abroad, but he was detained before he could carry out the crime, the agency said.

According to the statement, the suspect confessed that his mission was handed down by a man identified as Abu Jalad, a member of a terrorist group in Syria. The suspect had also been asked to prepare explosives to carry out attacks in Lebanon and abroad, and to “poison food to be distributed during special occasions, such as birthdays” with his accomplice, who lives in an unspecified “foreign country,” according to the statement. The suspect was referred to the judiciary, while investigations are ongoing to arrest others involved.

This security incident was mapped according to the closest possible location.
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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):
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.