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20 Jun 2020 | 11:26 PM UTC

Lebanon: Authorities arrest multiple suspected militants in Arsal June 18 /update 2

Lebanon News Alert

Lebanese authorities announce the arrest of multiple suspected IS militants in Ardal (Baalbek-Hermel province) on June 18; further security operations possible over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/20/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/22/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Beirut). COUNTRY/REGION Arsal, Lebanon


Lebanese authorities announced on Thursday, June 18, that multiple suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) group were arrested in raids in Arsal (Baalbek-Hermel province). A raid of the suspects' house reportedly uncovered a cache of firearms, ammunition, and explosives. Earlier on Thursday, authorities announced the arrests of three suspected IS members who were allegedly plotting to travel to Syria and Egypt to coordinate attacks.

Further security operations targeting suspected militants are possible in the medium term


Members should minimise time spent near potential militant targets, including government buildings and diplomatic missions. Any suspicious items or activity should be immediately reported to authorities.

Due to the threat of terrorism, some Western governments advise their nationals against travel to the city of Tripoli, as well as Beirut's southern districts, southern Lebanon, and the country's eastern regions (including Baalbek-Hermel, Majdel, and Rachaiya).


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