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Fire reveals stash of weapons in truck on Tripoli-Beirut highway

Fire reveals stash of weapons in truck on Tripoli-Beirut highway

Individual weapons were discovered in a truck that caught fire, on the Tripoli-Beirut highway, on May 20, 2024. (Credit: Photo provided by Michel Hallak)

BEIRUT — A cache of firearms was discovered inside a truck that caught fire on the Tripoli-Beirut highway, between Batroun and Kfar Abida, reported our North Lebanon correspondent, Michel Hallak. 

Civil Defense units were dispatched to extinguish the fire and subsequently discovered the burning truck was loaded with weapons. The Lebanese Army and security services were called in, condoning off the area upon their arrival.

According to our correspondent, the truck and its confiscated contents will be transported to a military facility for further examination. Meanwhile, the truck driver has been detained pending further investigation.

Local media reported that "there could be more than one truck carrying pistols on Lebanese roads." These same reports also claimed the vehicle contained "Turkish-made firearms," that had entered Lebanon illegally through Tripoli, on behalf of an arms dealer.

When contacted, the Lebanese army did not respond to our requests.

Gun violence is a significant security concern in Lebanon, where there is a wide proliferation of firearms. Easy access to weapons in times of tension and anger greatly increases the likelihood of confrontations becoming deadly. There have been several deadly shootings in recent months, many in the midst of disputes and family feuds. 

Later in the evening, the state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported that patrols had stopped three trucks on the Zouk Mosbeh Highway, under the suspicion that they were carrying "weapons of war." The trucks were sent to the Sarba (Kesrouan) barracks for inspection, NNA reported, without specifying whether any weapons had indeed been recovered.

BEIRUT — A cache of firearms was discovered inside a truck that caught fire on the Tripoli-Beirut highway, between Batroun and Kfar Abida, reported our North Lebanon correspondent, Michel Hallak. Civil Defense units were dispatched to extinguish the fire and subsequently discovered the burning truck was loaded with weapons. The Lebanese Army and security services were called in, condoning...