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Lebanon ups security ahead of U.S. Embassy protest

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BEIRUT: Lebanese security forces will tighten security Friday around the U.S. Embassy in Awkar, north of Beirut, ahead of a planned rally to protest a possible U.S. strike against Syria.

Security sources told The Daily Star that the Lebanese Army and police would beef up their presence around the embassy compound starting midday Friday.

The security measures will cover a radius of 700 meters starting from Awkar’s main square all the way up to the embassy, added the sources.

They said the tight security is a precaution to prevent any incident from occurring.

Lebanon-based political parties and groups loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, including the Syrian Social Nationalist Party and the Baath Party, said they would hold a sit-in outside the U.S. Embassy in at 5 p.m. in protest at “the U.S. aggression on Syria.”

U.S. President Barack Obama is seeking the approval of U.S. Congress for a limited strike against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons.

Obama said before talks with Japan’s prime minister on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Russia Thursday that the use of chemical arms in Syria was “not only a tragedy but also a violation of international law that must be addressed.”





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