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Syrian regime troops arrest Lebanese security officials

Lebanese security forces on the Syrian border in an archive photo from 2017 [Getty]

Date of publication: 18 June, 2019

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Lebanon’s National News Agency said that the two agents were arrested after they mistakenly crossed the Syrian-Lebanese border while on a hiking trip.

Lebanon's state-run National News Agency (NNA) has reported that Syrian regime troops are holding two Lebanese security agents who crossed into Syria by mistake.

The two members of the State Security Department were captured two days earlier while on a hiking trip in a mountainous region in southeast Lebanon, NNA reported.

Such incidents are rare along the border, although smuggling between the two countries is widespread.

The agency reported that contacts between Lebanese and Syrian authorities are ongoing to guarantee the release of the two.

The incident occurred near Mount Hermon where the borders of Lebanon, Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Height meet.

Syrian regime troops now control all areas along the border with Lebanon after losing control of the territories to rebel fighters earlier in the war.

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