The General Directorate of the Internal Security Forces (ISF) announced Thursday that it had arrested three Lebanese smugglers involved in trafficking illegal migrants on “death boats.”

The traffickers were caught in the act on the beach of al-Arida in Tripoli on May 15, as they were preparing to smuggle 20 Syrian nationals by sea, the ISF said in a press release.

The intelligence division successfully identified the smugglers, all Lebanese nationals: A.G. (born in 1996), who had three arrest warrants for human trafficking, along with M.T. (born in 1998) and B.G. (born in 2003).

“The detainees were referred to the appropriate judicial authorities per legal instructions,” added the statement.

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