South Lebanon Public Prosecutor Judge Rahif Ramadan Tuesday ordered the arrest of a human trafficking ring, the state-run National News Agency reported.
The four-member network is charged with smuggling Palestinians and Syrians illegally to Turkey through the southern coastal town of Sarafand, NNA added.
The detained suspects were identified as Ahmad S., Moustafa K., Amri Y. and Mustafa A.
Lebanon buried the bodies of seven members of Safwan family in October, who drowned when their migrant boat sank in the Aegean Sea. The incident drew the ire of the Lebanese people.
The Internal Security Forces and General Security have recorded four cases in the past two months of boats ferrying asylum-seekers from Tripoli’s port.