General Security officers remove electronics and records from money transfer shops in Hamra, Wednesday, March 8, 2017 (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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General Security raided three money transfer offices and arrested a number of suspects in Hamra Wednesday, following a spate of similar raids the day before. Up to $20 million is thought to have been transferred in installments from Lebanon to the Syrian city of Raqqa, which is held by the extremist group Daesh (ISIS), through up to 16 different transfer companies in Lebanon.Agents escorted an elderly man and a younger woman, who some observers claimed were the owners of the Crystal Exchange Company SAL, to a Chevrolet Suburban with tinted windows.The company's offices are located inside Hamra's Estral Center.The man, who wished not to be identified, said that a second office above the next-door Kababji restaurant was raided earlier in the day, but security found nothing.
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