People protest in Tripoli against the army 's measures in Arsal, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (The Daily Star/Fathi Masri)
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In Sidon, the Army erected checkpoints and dispatched patrols across the city, fearing repercussions of the Arsal clashes. The security measures in Lebanon's southern city focused on areas where residents are likely to sympathize with the Islamist militants battling the Lebanese Armed Forces in Lebanon's border town. The Army employed extraordinary measures around Palestinian refugee camps such as Ain al-Hilweh and Mieh Mieh, and areas hosting large numbers of Syrian refugees, particularly the Imam Ouzai Center north of Sidon, Markaz al-Iman in Abra and Al-Alaili center in Shakriyya, and other areas housing about 150 Syrian families. The Lebanese military also deployed heavily in the northern city of Tripoli Monday after a protest kicked off against the Army's operation in Arsal.The Army also dispatched armored vehicles and erected checkpoints near Abdel-Hamid Karami Square, better known as Al-Nour Square, at the southern entrance to the city.
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