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POTATO SMUGGLERS ARRESTED IN BEKAA Lebanese Customs officials and Army personnel have arrested five potato smugglers in the Bekaa region, local media reported Saturday.A unit from Lebanese Customs arrested Lebanese national S.Aa. after he was reportedly caught smuggling Syrian potatoes into Lebanon. Earlier this year, a delegation of potato farmers asked now-caretaker Agriculture Minister Ghazi Zeaiter to stop the import of Egyptian potatoes since the local production was in surplus and imports were affecting potato prices.The suspects were identified as Lebanese national J.F., born in 1977, with an existing warrant out for his arrest; Lebanese national Sh.Aa., born in 1983; and Syrian nationals J.A. and M.K., born in 1999 and 1987 respectively.These three men were identified as Lebanese nationals T.H. and J.J., born in 1994 and 1992 respectively, as well as Syrian national R.Kh., born in 2001 .
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