BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army arrested several Syrians Wednesday after raiding refugee gatherings in the north Lebanon district of Zghorta and in the Bekaa valley in the eastern part of the country.
The National News Agency said the Army stormed informal settlements harboring Syrian refugees in the villages of Kfar Dlaqous, Ardeh and Rashin, in Zghorta, arresting 22 for not possessing identification papers.
The Army also confiscated one car, a pickup and nine motorcycles lacking registration papers, NNA said.
Similar checks were carried out by the Army in a refugee gathering in the village of Suweiri in the western Bekaa, where 10 Syrians were apprehended for lacking official identification cards, according to El-Nashra.
Lebanese security forces have stepped up security measures to deal with Syrian refugees after a bloody showdown between the Army and Syrian militants in the northeastern border town of Arsal killed 19 soldiers earlier this month. The militants withdrew to the mountainous border region between the two countries, taking 29 soldiers and policemen hostage.