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Lebanon PM orders security
forces on high alert

Premier Tammam Salam chairs a security meeting Friday in the Grand Serail.

BEIRUT – Prime Minister Tammam Salam called on the security forces to stay on “the highest level of alert” and coordinate among each other in order to preserve security in Lebanon.

 

The premier also called on the Lebanese to be “vigilant” and not “give in to rumors and unfounded fears,” Major General Mohammad Kheir quoted Salam as saying on Friday following an urgent security meeting.

 

Salam also said that the car bomb that targeted an Internal Security Forces checkpoint in Beqaa’s Dahr al-Baydar “must constitute a motive for the political forces to activate the work of constitutional institutions in order to fortify the country against all dangers.”

 

Heightened security measures were taken across several areas in Lebanon, after a suicide bomber targeted an Internal Security Forces checkpoint in the Beqaa area of Dahr al-Baydar on Friday in an apparent assassination attempt against General Security Director General Abbas Ibrahim.

 

Earlier in the day, an extensive security operation was also conducted around the UNESCO building in Beirut after the Amal Movement announced it was postponing its first National Conference for Mukhtars for security reasons.

 

Several terror suspects were also arrested in Beirut’s Hamra and neighboring areas for their alleged plotting to kill Speaker Nabih Berri.

Premier Tammam Salam chairs a security meeting Friday in the Grand Serail. (Dalati & Nohra)