Hezbollah ups security after being targeted by violence
Hezbollah troops stand in formation in Lebanon (AFP file photo)
Hezbollah raised its security to the maximum, a move that came in light of a series of attacks that targeted its strongholds and its fighters, al-Joumhouria newspaper reported on Thursday.
According to the report, the move helped the party to uncover a number of “dormant cells” and several plots that aim at breaching its ranks.
Sources told the newspaper the upcoming stage is expected to witness an increase in security attacks, stressing that Hezbollah will not remain mum over the issue.
On Tuesday, a roadside bomb blast targeted a Syria-bound Hezbollah convoy in eastern Lebanon near the Masnaa border crossing.
It was the fourth time that a vehicle has been targeted by an explosive device in the Bekaa region, which is a Hezbollah stronghold.
At least 53 people were wounded in an explosion that was caused by a booby-trapped vehicle in Bir al-Abed in Beirut's southern suburbs.
Hezbollah has dispatched fighters to battle alongside the Syrian regime against rebels seeking the overthrow of President Bashar Assad.
The conflict, pitting a Sunni-dominated rebel movement against Assad, whose Alawite faith is an offshoot of Shiite Islam, has raised sectarian tensions in Lebanon.