Lebanese Army Disrupts Migrant Smuggling Network

The Lebanese army on Friday said they have busted a migrant smuggling network while it attempted to smuggle dozens of people by sea.

The five-member smuggling network was detained in the city of Tripoli late Thursday when they were preparing to smuggle 85 migrants to Europe by boat.

The smugglers bought the boat for estimated $400,000 dollars collected from the emigrants, the outlet added. The army said they seized the boat and the smugglers were referred to the judicial organs for investigations.

The seizure comes days after a boat carrying over 60 people sank off the coast of Tripoli city, in which seven emigrants were killed.

The incident happened on April 23, and the Lebanese army was able to rescue 47 others, while search operations for the rest are still ongoing.

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