Fruitful cooperation between military intelligence and the APU

A GPS device that was found washed up on the beach of Amchit in the Byblos region about a week ago. The device belonged to an endangered bird, an Egyptian Vulture, who lost its life on its migration journey over the sea several weeks ago, and which, due to its disappearance, is thought to have been eaten by fish.

The Lebanese Army Intelligence branch of Mount Lebanon detected the device, and coordinated closely with the Anti-Poaching Unit (APU) of the Middle East Sustainable Hunting Center (MESHC) and the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL).

The Global Council for Birds, which protects these birds along their migration route, contacted SPNL, its Lebanon partner, and informed it of the eagle’s demise and of the broadcast waves sent by the GPS over a period of two days without any movement. Therefore, the unit took action after contacting military intelligence, accompanied by SPNL’s bird expert, Maher Osta. The device was found and is to be returned to Global Council for Birds after the appropriate legal and security measures are taken.

A delegation including the center’s head Adonis Khatib, accompanied by the head of the anti poaching unit, Sherine Bou Raffoul, and the coordinator of field missions, Gabi Nader; visited, on Wednesday, February 10, the head of the Lebanese Army Intelligence branch of Mount Lebanon to thank him for his cooperation.


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