The mood is tense is Fnaydeq. (The Daily Star/ Mahmoud Kheir)
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Grocer Mahmoud Saoud was reading his Quran by the road, vegetable crates by his side to entice drivers along the street leading up to the northern town of Fnaydeq, the site of four Army raids in less than two weeks.The raids, part of a nationwide crackdown on terrorism, came in response to confessions made by two suspects, locals Mahmoud Khaled and Alaa Kanaan. The fruits of the operation – 42 dynamite sticks, 34 mortar bombs, 14 mortal propellant charges and 36 hand grenades – were put out on display upon seizure for all to see. Along with 77 percent of Fnaydeq's households, Kanaan and Khaled grew up in relatively impoverished households. The mayor's diplomatic stance toward the Army's security measures were with reason, he said, the institution employs 3,000 of Fnaydeq's 30,000 residents. Residents reacted incredulously to the raids at first, the mayor said, complaining that the measures were being done because they were "weak" in terms of self-security. Typically, before a raid is conducted, either the mayor or the mukhtar must be present to act as an approving witness.
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