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ISF arrests dozens in UNESCO
assassination plot

ISF forces conducting the arrests in Hamra. (NOW)

BEIRUT - Members of Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces arrested on Friday 102 people in Beirut’s Hamra Street and neighboring areas following reports of terror plots targeting an Amal Movement conference and General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim.

 

85 people were subsequently released, while 17 remain in custody for further investigations, the ISF said in a statement. 

 

The National News Agency reported that the arrested suspects had entered Lebanon with Arab passports.

 

Around two hundred members of the ISF’s information branch deployed to the area, and a number of them entered the Napoleon Hotel, a security source told NOW on Friday.

 

According to the source, the ISF arrested four people who were staying at the hotel on suspicion of involvement in the planned assassination.

 

Earlier Friday, an extensive security operation was conducted around the UNESCO building in Beirut, after the Amal Movement announced it was postponing its first National Conference for Mukhtars for security reasons. The event scheduled to be held in the building on Friday morning.

 

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

 

A minister who spoke on condition of anonymity linked today’s developments, and earlier reports of a plot by extremists to assassinate Berri and General Security commander General Abbas Ibrahim, to events currently unfolding in Iraq.

 

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

 

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

ISF forces conducting the arrests in Hamra. (NOW)

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