Lebanese forces in Beirut's airport road. File photo
- Hezbollah blames rebel shelling for death of top commander in Syria
- ISIS forcing civilians to participate in execution of hostages
- Islamic State militants targeting humanitarian corridors near Fallujah
- Pro-Kurdish party calls for investigation into Turkey’s human rights abuses
- US coalition refuses to back Shia militias near Kirkuk, praises Peshmerga role in anti-ISIS campaign
- US-led Coalition Major General: ISIS is weaker, but Mosul fight will be hard
- Italian coastguard rescues 801 boat migrants, many from Syria
BEIRUT – Lebanon has detained two workers at Beirut airport over alleged “contact with terrorist parties”, local media reported on Sunday.
“Airport security on Friday detained two Lebanese working for one of the airport’s service providers after discovering their involvement in making contact with terrorist parties,” the country’s ANI news agency said.
A security source confirmed that “two employees were detained”, without adding if they were employed directly by the airport or by a service provider.
“One of the two was in possession of a handgun, while traces of explosives were discovered in the car of the other,” the source said, without elaborating.
Beirut’s international airport has recently been the center of a controversy over possible security gaps.
Transport Minister Ghazi Zoaiter said in late March that up to $1.4 million would be needed for “security measures at the airport”, but highlighted a “lack of resources”.