Three arrested in Lebanon over smuggling arms to Syria


As-Safir newspaper reported that three people were arrested in Lebanon after they were suspected of “smuggling weapons” to Syrian non-state groups.

A weapons’ shipment heading to Syria was uncovered recently in Lebanon, said the pro-Syrian daily.

As-Safir source – who spoke on condition of anonymity – said that the people involved in the operation “belong to a party in the March 14 coalition.”

“The three suspects were identified by their initials, W.S., S.S. and A.A. They were arrested and transferred to Tripoli’s Qobba prison.” The paper said without identifying their nationality.

The source also said: “The mastermind behind the operation is still on the loose and is close to a March 14 party.”

The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) which is owned by the Syrian government reported on Sunday that the Syrian authorities “caught a car coming from Lebanon…and carrying great quantity of ammunition and weapons.”

The UN Security Council last week issued a presidential statement condemning violence in Syria.

At least 2,000 civilians were killed by the Syrian security forces since the uprising began in mid March according to the Syrian Observatory and hundreds of security people were killed by the Syrian forces loyal to president Bashar al Assad for refusing to fire at protesters