A forklift places concrete blocks as part of security measures in Beirut’s southern suburbs, but Hezbollah supporters want more. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Hezbollah supporters are pressing the party's leadership to take direct action to curb the spate of suicide bomb attacks in Shiite areas of the country.The adversary Hezbollah faces in Lebanon today is more nebulous and requires a different approach.Similarly, the twin car bombings of two Sunni mosques in Tripoli, coming eight days after the deadly Ruwaiss blast, initially raised speculation in some quarters that it may have been retaliation by Hezbollah.The rocket barrage against Arsal on Jan. 17 in which seven people were killed, a day after a suicide bomber blew himself up in Hermel, was regarded by the town's Sunni residents as a revenge attack by Hezbollah.Hezbollah denied it was responsible and the Army said that the rockets were fired from the east where the border with Syria lies. Since the Shoueifat suicide bomb attack, there have been reports that Hezbollah is preparing to launch an attack against the Syrian town of Yabroud in the Qalamoun area, the alleged source of some of the car bomb attacks in Lebanon.
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