Drug Gangs Attacked Positions Of The Lebanese Army In The Bekaa Valley
Gunmen from drug trafficking criminal clans attacked a military patrol and several Lebanese army checkpoints in the Bekaa valley in Eastern Lebanon, according to Al Watania Agency.
According to him, one Lebanese soldier was killed during the exchange of fire with them. Attacks against military personnel in Britel, Talay, al-Khodra, and Doris were launched by drug gangs in response to an operation by government forces to block illegal border crossings between Lebanon and Syria.
Sources in the Ministry of defense of the Republic told the Agency that the Lebanese military managed to capture on Monday two wanted criminals-Abbas al-Masri and Jaafar al-AFI. Both militants were injured during the arrest and are now in a hospital in Baalbek.
The Lebanese army regularly conducts operations against clandestine clans linked to international drug cartels. The most dangerous are considered to be the Ja'afar and Zueiter clans, their leaders were put on the wanted list ten years ago. The conflict in neighboring Syria and the emergence of terrorist groups consisting of mercenaries have caused an increased demand for narcotic products that are produced illegally in the Bekaa valley.