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Police arrested four Syrians in Wadi Hamyed near the border and confiscated two vehicles as well as a hand grenade, knives, and communications equipment. Security forces also arrested six Syrians belonging to "an extremist organization" in an ambush near Beit Layha.
During a raid near Arsal, security forces arrested wanted Palestinian terrorist Bilal Kayed, an Abdullah Azzam Brigades operative linked to the 2007 murder of Spanish peacekeepers in south Lebanon as well as other murders, bombings, and weapons crimes. A military judge called for the death penalty for six Palestinian gang members from the Ain al-Hilweh camp, including Bilal Badr, who are wanted on terrorism charges. Israeli forces released five Lebanese shepherds, including three women, detained earlier in the Shebaa Farms area. New imagery suggests that an Israeli strike on Feb. 24 targeted a Hezbollah weapons storage facility in the Bekaa valley.
Two Syrian airstrikes hit near Syrian refugee tents on the outskirts of Arsal in the Bekaa valley. The military prosecutor filed terrorism charges against Mohammed Abdel-Hamid Qassem, who has admitted to rigging car bombs and fundraising for the Al Nusrah Front; similar charges were also filed against others linked to Qassem who are at large.
Interior Minister Machnouk said Lebanon plans to restrict the influx of Syrian refugees, who now make up 27% of Lebanon's population. Four Tripoli militia commanders surrendered to Army intelligence. The remains of a suicide bomber who detonated near the Iranian Embassy last year were returned to his relatives in Sidon. The head of an Islamic aid organization who was shot last week in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp died of his injuries.
Police arrested Hussain Ismail, the head of a car theft ring in the Bekaa valley, after a shootout in which he and an associate, and two police officers, were wounded. A group called the Free Sunni Brigades claimed the firing of three rockets from Syria into Lebanon near Labweh. The military prosecutor issued arrest warrants for 38 more suspects linked to violence in Tripoli; only two are in custody. The US gave eight gunboats to the Lebanese Navy.
During security sweeps in Tripoli and the Bekaa valley, authorities arrested additional suspects on charges of murder, kidnapping, auto theft, membership in a terrorist group, and other crimes. Among those arrested yesterday in Arsal was Ahmed al Atrash, suspected of rigging explosives-packed vehicles; he is the brother of slain terrorist Sami al Atrash and a cousin of Omar Ibrahim al Atrash, who was reportedly involved in transporting suicide bombers. The three men were allegedly part of group led by Ibrahim al Atrash, who is linked with the Al Nusrah Front and the Abdullah Azzam Brigades in Greater Syria.
The military deployed heavily in Tripoli to block a protest from the Sunni Bab al Tabbaneh neighborhood against the new security crackdown. A judge issued arrest warrants for 200 suspects in Tripoli and elsewhere, and at least 43 have been detained. Security forces arrested five wanted suspects in the Bekaa valley and seized several stolen vehicles. An estimated 300 Hezbollah fighters are said to have died in Syria.
A military judge indicted four Syrians on charges bringing car bombs into Lebanon and membership in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham; one of the suspects was arrested in Arsal last month and the other three are at large. Arrest warrants were issued for pro-Assad politician Rifaat Eid and 11 associates on terrorism charges linked to clashes in Tripoli. Police captured Syrian national Mohannah Abdel Rahman, who escaped from prison in February. The military launched a new security plan in the Bekaa valley.
Security forces arrested Mohammad Qassam and seven aides, all Syrians, in a refugee camp in Arsal; Qassam is accused of heading an al Qaeda group that rigs cars with explosives and sends them into Lebanon. Masked gunmen shot a Fatah-linked Sunni sheikh in the Ain el Hilweh refugee camp in Sidon. Hezbollah has turned over checkpoints in the north to the military as part of a new security plan; wanted militants are said to have fled, however. Hezbollah's deputy leader predicted that the Assad regime in Syria will weather the conflict, and said the West should face that "reality."
Salafist sheikh Dai al Islam al Shahhal warned that "something big will happen" because security forces had seized two cars from his convoy following grenade attacks during security sweeps in Tripoli. Hours later, gunmen ambushed an Army patrol in Akkar, killing two soldiers and wounding a third. Security forces in Tripoli detained two people, said to be Shahal's bodyguards, for weapons and drivers license violations.
Eight people were killed and 10 injured in clashes between Fatah and Ansar Allah factions in the Mieh Mieh Palestinian refugee camp in Sidon. Security forces in Tripoli arrested two militia leaders in Jabal Mohsen and another in Bab al Tabbaneh, and also confiscated weapons in Jabal Mohsen; security forces also arrested three fugitives in Hermel and seized weapons and hashish. Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah claimed the group was responsible for a March 14 roadside bomb attack on an Israeli patrol in the Shebaa Farms area.