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ISF blocks roads to Roumieh over fears of attack

Lebanese policemen exit the Roumieh prison, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Roads leading to Roumieh central prison were blocked Tuesday night due to concerns over a possible attack, the Internal Security Forces announced.

A security source told the Daily Star that the “measures were taken in light of information received concerning a possible attack on Roumieh that may be carried out from inside or outside the prison.”

“There is no set duration," for the measures, which began around 7 p.m., he said. "Cars will be banned from entry until the threat is resolved."

According to a statement released by the ISF, police forces will prevent the passage of all motor vehicles including tanks, pickup trucks, cars and motor bikes.

Traffic will be redirected to the Metn Highway and other available routes.

The ISF urged citizens to abide by traffic guidelines issued by Metn’s police in order to facilitate traffic flow and prevent heavy congestion.

The security source said that visitors will still be able to visit the prison, but they must do so by foot since no cars would be allowed near the vicinity.

 

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