2 Suspects Arrested, Arms Seized in the Bekaa as Gunmen Clash over 'Kidnapping' Operations

The army intelligence has arrested two suspects after finding weapons in their vehicle in the eastern Bekaa valley, the state-run National News Agency reported on Wednesday.

NNA said Hussein al-Hujairi and Hilal Amoun were detained at a checkpoint in the north Bekaa town of Hrabta.

The members of the checkpoint that lies in Baalbek district found arms, ammunition and rockets in the Volvo they were riding, it added.

Both suspects hail from the northeastern border town of Arsal, whose residents back the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The town, which is a major rebel supply route, has suffered repeated strikes by the Syrian air force, some of them deadly.

Also in the Bekaa, the NNA reported in the afternoon that two people were wounded in armed clashes between gunmen in the al-Masyada region in the Arsal plains.

The agency said the clashes were caused by feuds over kidnapping and blackmailing operations.

The injured men were identified as Nayef Abdullah Audeh, and another from the Ammoun family.

The first was transferred to Dar al-Amal University Hospital in Douris for treatment, and the second to Arsal's field hospital, added the NNA.

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