BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army has arrested two foreign nationals in Tripoli accused of breaching security, as part of an ongoing crackdown in the northern city, which also saw five men arrested for tossing grenades at several restaurants and cafes.
The Army statement said raids in Tripoli led to the arrest of Ali Hasan Nemri, Fayez Fawwaz Othman, Raja Mohammad Toufic Hijazi and Mohammad Mahmoud Ghassan for tossing hand grenades at several restaurants, cafes and carts last week and threatening citizens.
Authorities say the cafe assaults were a message to both coffee shop owners and café-goers for opening during fasting hours in Ramadan.
Separately, the Army statement said that an Army patrol arrested in Tripoli a Sudanese national Adolph Nicholas Neyluk and a Tunisian national Nader Bin Omar Bin Mohammad al-Biri for staying in Lebanon without proper residency documents and on suspicion that the two men were engaged in activities that breached security.
Those arrested were transferred to the judiciary for further interrogation, the statement said.