Internal Security Forces Intelligence Branch detained on Thursday three women in the southern port city of Sidon linked to the smuggling of Lebanese and Palestinian people to Italy on a ferry traveling from Libya.

Two Lebanese women identified as Ghinwa Z. and Rita R., who own a traveling agency, and a Palestinian female Hasibay H. were arrested by police in Sidon, media reports said.

The state-run National News Agency said that a Sudanese national was also arrested.

Investigations are underway with the detainees on charges of facilitating the illegal traveling of people to Libya.