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Explosive belts found in Zghorta home

File - This handout photo shows Atwe, left, sitting with Abdul Aziz al-Rantisi in 1992. (The Daily Star/HO)

BEIRUT: Lebanese security services Friday arrested the wife of a terror suspect and released on bail a man detained on suspicion of firing rockets at Israel.

A security source told The Daily Star that Nabila Awad, the wife of suspected terrorist, was arrested in north Lebanon after three explosive belts were found stashed in a closet in their house in the Zghorta village of Ayrouneye.

She was apprehended after security forces questioned her husband, who is being held over terror charges.

Information gleaned from the interrogation prompted security services to raid their house, according to the source.

Also Friday, a man was released on bail and will be charged by Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr with possessing unlicensed weapons and firing rockets into Israel, a judicial source told The Daily Star.

Hussein Izzat Atwe, who belongs to Lebanon’s Al-Jamaa al-Islamiya Islamist group, hails from the Hasbaya village of Hebbarieh.

He was arrested at the Al-Bire Hospital in the Bekaa Valley last month for allegedly firing a rocket from the southern town of Al-Marri toward Israel. He later confessed to the act. The source said that Atwe could be charged by Saqr next week.

The rocket attack constitutes a breach of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended Israel’s 2006 war against Lebanon.

The resolution bans Hezbollah from maintaining an armed presence in south Lebanon, with only forces from the Army and the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon allowed.

Separately, six suspects charged with belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria and the Nusra Front were interrogated Friday by Military Investigative Judge Fadi Sawan.

The six men – Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinian – were also charged with attempts to carry out terrorist acts across Lebanon. The arrest warrants issued against the suspects could lead to a death penalty sentence.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 02, 2014, on page 2.

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Summary

Lebanese security services Friday arrested the wife of a terror suspect and released on bail a man detained on suspicion of firing rockets at Israel.

A security source told The Daily Star that Nabila Awad, the wife of suspected terrorist, was arrested in north Lebanon after three explosive belts were found stashed in a closet in their house in the Zghorta village of Ayrouneye.

The rocket attack constitutes a breach of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended Israel's 2006 war against Lebanon.


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