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Syrian authorities claimed that they seized smuggled money at the Jdeidet Yabouss border crossing with Lebanon, the government owned Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on Thursday.

SANA also said that “the money was packed in black bags and found inside a secret compartment in the car’s trunk.”

According to SANA, the bags hid “2 million Saudi Riyals (SR), 50,000 Qatari Riyals (QR), 56,000 UAE Dirhams (DH) and 5,500 Jordanian Dinars (JD) and some money in Euros.”

Update: An entirely Syrian affair

The Lebanese Finance Ministry said in a statement on Thursday night that the Lebanese Customs had nothing to do with the car that was seized at the Jdeidet Yabouss crossing along the country’s border with Syria calling the SANA report “not precise.”

The statement added that the intercepted car carried “a Syrian license plate , its owner was also Syrian and the money was confiscated in Syria . ”

According to the ministry, The Syrian Customs seized the vehicle on the Syrian side of the Lebanese-Syrian border, and confiscated the money which the driver possessed before entering the Lebanese borders.

“Therefore, neither the Lebanese customs nor any Lebanese national is concerned with this issue.” the statement added

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