Lebanon News

Hezbollah, Army set up checkpoints in Beirut suburbs

Motorists line up as Hezbollah members, who refused to be taken in the picture, stand at a checkpoint in Shiyah, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Hezbollah and the Lebanese Army erected a number of checkpoints in Beirut’s southern suburbs Thursday after rumors circulated that a double suicide bombing was planned in the area.

Unarmed Hezbollah members were searching vehicles and checking the IDs of drivers at several points along the Hadi Nasrallah highway.

The Lebanese Army also set up separate checkpoints in the area.

The heightened security comes days after a suspected suicide bombing killed four people in the neighborhood of Haret Hreik, where the party enjoys broad support.

Tuesday’s bombing was the fourth deadly blast targeting the southern suburbs. Radical Syrian rebel groups have claimed most of the attacks, describing them as retaliation for Hezbollah’s military role alongside President Bashar Assad's forces in Syria.





Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (

comments powered by Disqus



Interested in knowing more about this story?

Click here