Protesters block a road in Tripoli to demand the release of a militia leader from Roumieh prison, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
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Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said Thursday that Lebanon faces a heightened threat of bombings from ISIS-inspired militants, warning that the jihadist group's advances in Iraq had emboldened like-minded individuals inside the country.ISIS banners were brandished by demonstrators in Tripoli Thursday as they pressed for the release of dozens of prisoners from Lebanon's notorious Roumieh prison, blocking roads for a second day.At Thursday's protest, a group of about 30 women occupied two tents that were set up the day before in order to pressure politicians to release militia commanders and other suspects jailed in connection with the Tripoli clashes.Calling on the residents of Tripoli to refrain from blocking roads, the National Islamic Gathering criticized what it described as an arbitrary detention campaign deliberately targeting Sunnis.The National Islamic Gathering is a diverse group comprising March 14 lawmakers such as Future Movement MPs Mohammad Kabbara and Khaled Daher, and independent Islamist figures such as Sheikh Kanaan Naji and Sheikh Raed Kabbara.
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