Syria Seizes 5 Lebanese Fishermen & their Boats
Syria has arrested five Lebanese fishermen and seized their two boats after they strayed into Syrian territorial waters from the northern port city of Tripoli.
The association of fishermen staged a sit-in around Tripoli's government house on Saturday, demanding that the detained fishermen since Friday be allowed to return with their two boats home.
Public Works Minister Adel Hamieh called his Syrian counterpart Makram Obeid by telephone Saturday and asked that the stray fishermen be released.
Hamieh also issued a warning to fishermen in north Lebanon to avoid Syrian territorial waters.