Minister Nouhad Machnouk arrives to attend a Cabinet session in Baabda, Thursday, March 27, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said over the weekend that unauthorized checkpoints in the Bekaa Valley were removed ahead of the expansion of the government's new security plan to the area this week.Hezbollah has taken measures in Hermel, Baalbek and other Bekaa Valley towns following a series of bombings targeting predominantly Shiite areas.The National News Agency reported that the Lebanese Army took full control of a vital highway connecting Arsal to Baalbek-Hermel in the northern Bekaa Valley in preparation of the security plan and took over checkpoints set up by armed groups.Machnouk said he contacted several local and official figures from Arsal and the Bekaa Valley town of Labweh as part of ongoing preparations ahead of the plan.
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