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Antoine Sfeir Released One Day after Abdcution

Municipal council member of the town of Dekwaneh Antoine Sfeir, has been freed on Saturday after he was kidnapped a day earlier, the state-run National News Agency reported.

Sfeir was abducted in Dekweneh by a man from the Dandash family and has been taken to the Bekaa town of Hermel.

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Army Detains Man for Preparing Explosives at Home

Lebanese troops raided the house of a Lebanese man in the eastern city of Zahle and confiscated homemade explosives and several surveillance cameras, an Army communique said on Tuesday.

“The army obtained information that Fahd Dimitri Saba, 48, prepares homemade explosives at home. The army raided the house in Zahle's Industrial City and found the explosives in addition to some electric appliances and surveillance cameras,” the statement added.

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Marouni Receives Threats over Arrest of Defamation Suspect

Kataeb Party lawmaker Elie Marouni revealed Friday that he received threats over the arrest of Alexi Nicolas Jeha, calling on security forces to assume their responsibilities and unveil the truth.

“I received on Thursday a text message threatening me,” Marouni said in comments to Voice of Lebanon radio (100.5).

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Army Cracks Down on Syrians, Busts Drugs Depot

The army conducted several raids in the Bekaa Valley, the eastern city of Zahle and the northern district of Akkar, detaining several Syrian nationals and busting a drugs warehouse.

The military said in a communique issued Saturday that it raided a drugs hideout in Bekaa Valley town of Bechwat, seizing 19 kilograms of hashish and 150 kilograms of its seeds.

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Zahle Child Killed in Dog Mauling

A dog has attacked and killed a seven-year-old boy in the eastern city of Zahle, the state-run National News Agency reported on Tuesday.

NNA said Michael Dany Kassouha was playing at his father's farm on Monday when the incident took place.

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Health Inspectors Seal with Red Wax Three Butcheries in Zahle

Inspectors from the ministry of health sealed with red wax three butcheries in central Bekaa for failing to acquire the minimum health standards, the state-run National News Agency reported on Friday.

Two butcheries in al-Fayda area in the eastern city of Zahle were raided by the inspectors, who decided to shut them down after issuing several warnings for their owners to rectify the conditions of their butcheries.

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State Security Busts Kidnapping Gang Smuggling Syrians to Lebanon

The General Directorate of State Security detained in the eastern city of Zahle on Thursday an abduction gang that is specialized in smuggling Syrians into Lebanon.

The gang reportedly smuggles Syrians into Lebanese territories and kidnaps people in exchange for ransom.

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Pro-Fattoush Gunmen Assault al-Jadeed Crew, Zahle Municipality Member

Two al-Jadeed TV journalists and a member of the Zahle Municipality were assaulted Thursday by gunmen loyal to MP Nicolas Fattoush and his brother Pierre during the filming of a TV report on the construction of a controversial cement factory.

"The colleagues Yumna Fawaz and Saad Ayyad were beaten up, threatened with weapons and detained by bodyguards loyal to Pierre Fattoush in Zahle,” al-Jadeed TV said.

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78-Year-Old Man Tries to Smuggle Hashish to Jailed Grandson

A grandfather has tried to smuggle a quantity of hashish to his jailed grandson, in the latest unusual attempt to breach prison security.

The 78-year-old man, identified as Sh. B., was arrested by police guards at the Zahle prison, an Internal Security Forces statement said.

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Brother of Lebanese Reporter Released by Abductors

The brother of a Lebanese journalist, who was kidnapped last week in the eastern Bekaa Valley, was released overnight after the mediation of General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim.

The abductors of Khodr Farouq Darwish, whose car was found in Baalbek's al-Taybeh last Friday, had called his family and asked for a $135,000 ransom.

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