Lebanon seizes smuggled ammunition on Italian ship

BEIRUT, May 8 — Lebanese authorities have seized 60,000 rounds of ammunition hidden in two cars on an Itlaian container ship docked at Lebanon‘s northern city of Tripoli, a security source said today.

The source did not say where the shipment was heading. But Syria has repeatedly said weapons are being smuggled over its border from Lebanon and other countries to arm rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad.

The two cars, searched yesterday, held 60,000 bullets including rounds for 9mm pistols and Kalashnikov (AK-47) rifles, the source said. “The ship is Italian but picked up the two cars in (the Egyptian port of) Alexandria,” he added.

In late April, Lebanese authorities seized a large consignment of Libyan weapons including rocket-propelled grenades and heavy calibre ammunition from a ship intercepted in the Mediterranean. The ship’s owner said the vessel was travelling to Tripoli in Lebanon.

Tripoli, a mainly Sunni Muslim city, has seen regular protests in support of the 14-month uprising against Assad. — Reuters



Please refrain from nicknames or comments of a racist, sexist, personal, vulgar or derogatory nature, or you may risk being blocked from commenting in our website. We encourage commenters to use their real names as their username. As comments are moderated, they may not appear immediately or even on the same day you posted them. We also reserve the right to delete off-topic comments