Crew of the Lutfallah 2 container ship would have to stand
trial on charges of illegal gun-running, NNA field reporters at Selaata
seaport/Batroun disclosed today.
All 3 containers on board the ship bound for an undisclosed destination,
carried a large consignment of heavy and light weapons, reporters added. The 10
crew members and Tripoli seaport -based customs' agent Ahmad Bernard have been
detained for questioning pending their cross-examination by the concerned
The Lebanese Navy intercepted the cargo ship on Friday, because of suspicions that it was carrying 3 containers of weapons headed to Syria, security sources said.
The vessel "Lutfallah II", which bears the Egyptian flag, was forced to dock at Selaata port, 50 kilometres north of Beirut, where its cargo was inspected, the sources said.
The ship originally set sail from Libya and called at the north Egyptian port city of Alexandria.
The Lebanese army reinforced its troops at Selaata port bringing in more personnel and equipment.
Syrian authorities have repeatedly claimed that weapons were being smuggled from Lebanon into Syria to assist rebels seeking the ouster of President Bashar Assad.