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Security forces in the Bekaa valley arrested Syrian national Amjad Shehadeh, who is suspected of recruiting fighters for the Al Nusrah Front. Mohammad Abdeldayem al Aaraj, a.k.a. Abou Jassem, the head of the Free Syrian Army's military council in the Syrian regions of Qusair and Qalamoun, was arrested on April 24 in Arsal with nine Syrian fighters. That same day, security forces also arrested three Syrians in Arsal; one had a suicide vest. A military judge issued 55 arrest warrants for suspects involved in Tripoli violence, including Arab Democratic Party figures Ali and Riifat Eid.
Omar al-Hajj Youssef a.k.a. Omar Hakim was arrested in Tripoli after he tossed a grenade at a military unit, injuring seven soldiers and six civilians. Islamists in the Ain al Hilweh refugee camp took military and security measures "to send a message" to rivals in the camp. Former Security Chief Jamil al-Sayyed talked with President Assad of Syria about the regime's military operations across the border from Akkar and the Bekaa valley.
Assailants threw grenades at soldiers in Tripoli; eight soldiers were wounded as well as two civilians. The Army deployed in southern Beirut after clashes between families in which several people were wounded, an apartment was set on fire, and at least one RPG was used.
Three rockets hit outside Hermel, slightly wounding a woman; the Brigade of Free Sunnis in Baalbek claimed the attack. A worker lost his leg after stepping on a landmine near Baalbek. A Jordanian fighter was arrested in Arsal. A string of 11 car bomb cases from late 2013 and early 2014 was referred to the Justice Council. The case of senior Abdullah Azzam Brigades operative Jamal Daftardar was referred to the military prosecutor. Ghassan Qorhani a.k.a. Abu Ahmad, a prominent militia leader, said that both the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham operate freely in northern Lebanon and that they also travel to Turkey by sea.
Warrants were issued for the arrest of Qossay Moussa, a Lebanese national from Wadi Khaled, and Hussein Berri, a stateless resident, who are accused of membership in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and plotting to kill Lebanese soldiers. Security forces arrested 10 Syrians with fake IDs trying to enter Lebanon in Arsal. The UN Secretary General warned that the Syrian conflict poses a serious threat to Lebanon's stability. Germany vowed to continue its support for the UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon. Russia said it will bolster its support for Lebanon's military defense capabilities.
Wanted Islamist Mohammad Abdullah Jumaa, a member of the al Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades, escaped an assassination attempt in the Ain al Hilweh refugee camp. Rockets fired from Syria, some by the Assad regime and some by militants, hit Bekaa valley towns. Two grenades were thrown in Tripoli but no casualties resulted. Security forces raided the Minnieh home of militia commander Saad Masri, but failed to find him or other wanted militants there.
Kamal Ezzedine, who had been accused of "violence" toward the military, was shot and wounded after opening fire on security forces at a checkpoint in Arsal. A gunman shot and killed a bodyguard for Fatah al-Islam official Bilal Badr in the Ain al Hilweh refugee camp.
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.