SIDON, Lebanon: Security forces increased safety measures in the southern city of Sidon Tuesday, blocking cars from entering a central market place and increasing the city’s police presence in the wake of bomb attacks that killed dozens in Beirut and north Lebanon.
Security forces turned Sidon’s marketplace a car-free area and only small to medium vehicles were permitted through one entry point to unload goods.
Cars, buses and other vehicles were prohibited from parking along roadsides within the souk.
Volunteers also stood guard outside mosques, preventing cars from parking and searching the bags of mosque-goers.
Political tensions are high in Lebanon and many people are fearful of another bombing following the deadly attacks in Beirut and Tripoli that killed dozens and wounded hundreds this month.
Sidon MP Bahia Hariri announced Monday a number of security and safety operations in areas surrounding the city’s marketplace and mosques in the wake of recent bombings in Beirut’s southern suburbs and the northern capital of Tripoli.
The measures also came in response to calls for safety Monday by members of the Sidon municipality and the Sidon Traders Association.