New security plan launched in Lebanon's Tripoli
The military carried out raids and set up numerous checkpoints to heighten security. (AFP/File)
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The Lebanese Army and security forces deployed heavily in Tripoli early Tuesday morning as part of the Higher Defense Council’s security plan to restore stability to the northern city, which has been plagued by clashes linked to the Syria crisis.
The military also conducted raids in several of the city’s neighborhoods. An Amy unit raided the residence of Arab Democratic Party Secretary-General Rifaat Eid in Jabal Mohsen and confiscated two wireless devices and two surveillance cameras among other items.
Military and ISF checkpoints were set up throughout the city as two Army helicopters flew overhead for surveillance and protection purposes.
Internet services in Tripoli have been cut off since implementation of the plan began.
The Army began removing the barricades and sandbags and carried out raids to detain suspects mainly in the neighborhoods of Qibbeh, Neemani and Jabal Mohsen.
LBCI reported that the security plan is set to be launched in the neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh on Wednesday.
Last week, Cabinet tasked the Army and security forces with implementing a security plan that calls for seizing stockpiled arms in Tripoli and arresting those wanted for security violations in the city.
Tripoli has witnessed twenty rounds of clashes between the majority-Sunni Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood and the predominantly-Alawite Jabal Mohsen.