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Army steps up security near
Sidon’s Ain al-Hilweh camp

The LAF measures come a day after its troops arrested on Wednesday Abdullah Azzam Brigades commander Naim Abbas following a period of intense surveillance.

Lebanese army in Sidon (AFP/Mahmoud Zayyat)

BEIRUT - The Lebanese Armed Forces have closed the road to the Mohammad Zgheib barracks in the southern city of Sidon, and has instituted tight security measures in the area, NOW’s correspondent reported.

 

The barracks is located 600 meters away from the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian Refugee camp.

 

The LAF measures come a day after its troops arrested on Wednesday Abdullah Azzam Brigades commander Naim Abbas following a period of intense surveillance.

 

Al-Joumhouria newspaper reported on Thursday that Naim Abbas was Lebanese army intelligence's most wanted man after it learned of his role in several terrorist attacks.

 

Abbas was a resident of the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh, but left several days before his arrest.

 

“Abbas left the Ain al-Hilweh camp days ago…He was trained in Iraq, and has participated directly in the war in Syria, where he trained armed rebels in the Yarmouk Palestinian Refugee camp in Damascus,” the report stated.

Lebanese army in Sidon. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayyat)

The Lebanese Armed Forces have closed the road to the Mohammad Zgheib barracks.