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Army Halts Migrants Boat Off Tripoli as Sawfan Family Bodies Arrive in Lebanon

The navy thwarted on Wednesday an attempt to illegally smuggle a number of migrants from Lebanon, announced the army in a statement.

It said that 53 people were arrested off the coast of the northern city of Tripoli as they attempted to illegally depart the country in a Lebanese boat that can support no more than 15 people.

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Police Arrest Palestinian Would-be Migrants in Tripoli

The Internal Security Forces arrested on Wednesday scores of Palestinians while trying to leave the port of the northern city of Tripoli on a migrant boat, the state-run National News Agency reported.

The ISF Intelligence Branch made the arrest of 40 Palestinians, including women, who reside in the southern refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh, said NNA.

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Army Refers Kasha to the Judiciary for Terrorist Ties

The army intelligence referred detainee Ahmed Ghazi Kasha to the related judiciary on charges of having connections with terrorists and is involved in attacks against the army, possessing narcotics and many other crimes.

Kasha has links to two terrorist detainees, Ahmed Salim Miqati and Ibrahim Barakat, and for taking part in attacks against the army. Several arrest warrants have been issued against him including opening fire and possessing narcotics, the army said in a communique.

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Army Arrests Prostitution Ring Linked to Kidnap Gang

The army announced Wednesday that it has arrested a “prostitution ring linked to a kidnap gang” in the northern city of Tripoli.

“An Intelligence Directorate patrol arrested yesterday in the city of Tripoli the Palestinian-Syrian woman Kinda Oueis and Lebanese national Walid Sobh, who together with fugitive Syrian Tarek Wifaqi constitute a prostitution ring linked to a kidnap gang,” the Army Command said in a statement.

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U.N. Envoy Gives Libya Rivals Ultimatum on Peace Plan

U.N. envoy Bernardino Leon told Libya's warring parties Tuesday there would be no more negotiations on a U.N. peace plan and it was time for them to take it or leave it.

As talks in the Moroccan seaside resort of Skhirat broke up for the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday that runs from Wednesday until Sunday, Leon told delegates from Libya's rival parliaments that when they returned he expected a straight yes or no answer.

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IS Claims Attack on Tripoli Airport, 3 Killed

Militants attacked Tripoli's airport on Friday and killed three security personnel, a Libyan official said, in an assault claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.

"An armed group carried out an attack this morning on the prison located on the Mitiga air base, to try to free the detainees," the airport security official said.

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Army Arrests 24 Palestinians in Nahr al-Bared and Jabal al-Beddawi

The Lebanese army arrested two Palestinian nationals in Nahr al-Bared in the northern city of Tripoli for preparing to illegally smuggle people to Turkey in a fishing boat, the Lebanese army Orientation Directorate said in a statement.

Palestinians Mohammed Saleh and Mohammed Majzoub were apprehended on Saturday during a raid that an army unit carried out in the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp.

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General Security Arrests 3 Lebanese Suspected of Recruiting IS Fighters

General Security has arrested in the past two days three Lebanese nationals tasked with recruiting gunmen to fight alongside the Islamic State extremist group, al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The agency's Intelligence Branch arrested the three men in separate raids in northern Lebanon. One of them was apprehended in the area of al-Mankoubine north of Tripoli and another in the city's Bab al-Ramel neighborhood.

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9 Palestinians Drown as Boat Sinks after Leaving Lebanon

Nine people, including women and children, were killed when a boat smuggling Palestinians from Lebanon's northern port of Tripoli sank in Turkey's territorial waters, one of the survivors said on Wednesday.

The state-run National News Agency said the survivor told his relatives that the boat was carrying 40 Palestinians from Syrian camps, mainly Yarmuk in Damascus, who had taken refuge in Palestinian shantytowns in northern Lebanon.

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Army Arrests Member of Osama Mansour's Terror Group who Confesses to Recruiting Teens for Attacks

The Lebanese army intelligence announced on Monday the arrest of a member of Osama Masnour's terrorist group.

An army statement said that Abdul Rahman Tareq al-Kilani was detained upon his return to Lebanon from abroad.

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