Bekaa Security Plan Goes into Affect as Army Raids Hideouts

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The Lebanese military carried out raids in several eastern towns in search for wanted individuals at the start of a security plan that armed forces launched on Thursday.

The state-run National News Agency said the plan which was approved by the government last month, was launched in the eastern Bekaa Valley through raids in the towns of Brital and Hourtaala.

Voice of Lebanon radio (100.5) said that among the suspects the army is seeking to arrest is Maher Tleis, who has received a life sentence for his alleged involvement in kidnappings.

Reports have said that he has also been accused of preparing booby-trapped cars in Syria, which are later transported to Lebanon for terrorist acts.

The start of the security plan comes days after armed forces took full control of all checkpoints on the road linking the towns of Arsal and Hermel near the Syrian border.

Hizbullah members used to search cars amid a wave of car bombs that killed scores of people.

A similar security plan has gone into effect in the northern city of Tripoli where scores of suspects have been arrested for their involvement in several rounds of fighting.

President Michel Suleiman said Thursday “it was important and urgent to assist the army (by providing it) with equipment and modern weapons given its huge tasks.”

The military is preserving security and stability and battling terrorism, in addition, to its role on the border in defense of the nation, Suleiman added in a statement issued by Baabda Palace.

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