Lebanese army set to tighten its grip on Beirut
The army and Internal Security Forces' security plan that has been implemented in the northern city of Tripoli and in the eastern Bekaa Valley will soon be brought to Beirut, reported the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat on Sunday.
The plan will soon be implemented in Beirut's western neighborhood, southern suburbs, and Tariq al-Jadideh district.
The army and ISF have been given the green light to enter these areas, said the daily.
Sources monitoring the plan told Asharq al-Awsat that the success of the security plan can be attributed to the local, regional, and international cover being granted to it.
On Thursday, the army deployed in the Bekaa Valley at the start of the security plan after armed forces took full control of all checkpoints on the road linking the towns of Arsal and Hermel near the Syrian border.
The Lebanese army tightened its grip on Saturday on Baalbek's al-Sharawina neighborhood and carried out raids in search of suspects, succeeding in the arrest of one of the most dangerous fugitives, Ali Khodr Jaafar.
A similar security plan had gone into effect in the northern city of Tripoli where scores of suspects have been arrested for their involvement in several rounds of fighting between the rival neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen.