Son of Hezbollah official arrested for selling arms to ISIS

Hezbollah senior official’s son reportedly arrested in Syria for selling arms and ammunition to ISIS

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Syrian regime forces reportedly arrested the son of a high ranking Hezbollah official for buying weapons and ammunition from the regime army soldiers and selling them to ISIS members in Qalamoun, Lebanese media reported on Wednesday.

Lebanese news website "Janoubia" reported that Ammar Y. Sh., the eldest son of a high ranking Hezbollah military official in the Bekaa Valley, was able to enter and exit Syria freely with the weapons due to Ammar’s position in Hezbollah.

Hezbollah has been informed that a death sentence has passed against the accused individual, along with other members of the smuggling network. The death sentence will be implemented shortly, according to Janoubia.

Syrian regime forces, so far refused to hand over the accused Hezbollah member or pardon him from punishment, on grounds that Syria has jurisdiction over him, since his crime was perpetrated on Syrian territory, and so Syrian laws pass.

Hezbollah is fighting alongside the Bashar al Assad regime, Syria’s four-year-long civil war that killed over 300,000 people since 2011.

Janoubia’s report claims that the Syrian regime intelligence discovered a group of state army members who were selling light to mid-level arms and ammunition to a Lebanese individual, who was also arrested. The Lebanese individual was later identified as Ammar.

The smuggled weapons reached ISIS through Lebanese territory. ISIS has a presence along certain Qalamoun fronts bordering Hezbollah controlled areas, according to the Syrian intelligence investigation.


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