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Extensive security measures
taken near Beirut’s UNESCO

BEIRUT - An extensive security operation has been conducted around the UNESCO building in Beirut, in order to address security threats that prompted the Amal Movement to postpone a conference scheduled for Friday Morning, a security source told NOW.

 

“The reasons behind the postponement of the Amal conference cannot be currently clarified,” the source said Friday.

 

Meanwhile, a minister who spoke on condition of anonymity linked today’s developments and earlier reports about a plot by extremists to assassinate Speaker Nabih Berri and General Security commander General Abbas Ibrahim.

 

“What we are witnessing today near the UNESCO [Palace] and in the Beirut neighborhood of Dahiyeh… is related to the security developments in Iraq,” he added.

 

Another security source also reported that security measures were being taken at Roumieh prison, without elaborating further.

 

Earlier on Friday, the Amal Movement issued a statement announcing that it had postponed its first National Conference for Mukhtars, scheduled to be held at the UNESCO Palace in Beirut, for security reasons.

 

Berri, who is the leader of the Amal Movement, was to give a speech during the conference.

 

What we are witnessing today near the UNESCO [Palace] and in the Beirut neighborhood of Dahiyeh… is related to the security developments in Iraq.