Civilians check their houses near the site of an explosion in the Beirut neighborhood of Bir Hasan, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Fragile hopes that security in Beirut's southern suburbs would improve following the arrests of high-profile bombing suspects and the formation of a new government were dashed Wednesday, prompting more and more residents to consider seeking refuge elsewhere.Two suicide bombers struck the Beirut suburb of Bir Hasan during morning rush hour, killing six others and wounded scores more. For one family that has spent the last 25 years in the suburbs, leaving home was a difficult decision.Many residents who spoke to The Daily Star remained defiant, choosing to stay in the suburbs despite the ever-present threat of attack.Farah Sleem, who lives in Mreijeh, said her family intended to live and die in the suburbs and would not consider leaving under any circumstances. An elderly man who runs a mini market in the St. Therese area said financial concerns played a big role in whether people were deciding to move out of the suburbs or stay.
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