BEIRUT: The Army said Saturday it arrested three Syrians for attempting to cross into Lebanon illegally and for arms possession, adding that eight people were also detained for similar charges.
In a statement, the military said it arrested three Syrians in Wadi Hamayyed in the northeastern town of Arsal in the Bekaa Friday night while on board a pick-up truck for trying to enter Lebanon in an illegal manner.
The military confiscated a number of arms, ammunition and hand grenades in addition to telecommunications devices and military gear, it added.
The statement also said the Army raided several locations in the neighborhood of al-Dalhamiya in the Chouf, Mount Lebanon, and arrested eight people on board three separate vehicles.
The eight were carrying a number of rifles, pistols, ammunition and telecoms devices. Some of the detainees lacked proper Identification Cards.
Meanwhile, the National News Agency said the Army arrested on Thursday and Friday a total of 14 Syrians who crossed into Lebanon via illegal border crossing.
Among the detainees were gunmen who were carrying arms and hand grenades, the report added.
Security agencies were unable to transport the detainees to Beirut due to bad weather conditions including heavy snow which led to the closure of several roads.
The raging battles in Syria’s Qalamoun, a mountainous region bordering Lebanon’s Bekaa, forced thousands of Syrians to flee into Lebanon.
Hezbollah-backed regime forces have launched an offensive on several opposition strongholds in Qalamoun to root out rebel fighters.