BEIRUT — The Internal Security Forces announced Thursday the arrests of two men suspected of stealing crude oil stored in an Iraqi oil pipeline, which is currently non-operational, connected to the oil installations in Tripoli.
Here’s what we know:
• In a statement, the ISF said it has seized two minibuses in the Minieh-Dinnieh area. Each of the vehicles contained a metal tank of 2,000 liters belonging to one of the men arrested. One of the tanks was filled with stolen crude oil, which was handed over to the management of the oil installations in Tripoli. The security officers also seized a pump and a hose used in the theft. An amount of hash in the possession of the second detainee was also confiscated.
• The statement added that the two men confessed to having carried out, along with other people, more than 10 operations to steal fuel from the pipeline in question and to have sold the oil in the Akkar village of Wadi Khaled. Operations are underway to determine the identity of those involved.
• The smuggling and illegal storage of fuels has become more and more frequent in Lebanon in recent months due to the fuel shortages plaguing the country.