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Security tightened in n. Lebanon for Assad speech

Tripoli has seen numerous protests over the security crackdown that the Army began in April, with many Sunnis claiming that the security forces are unfairly targeting their sect. (AP)

TRIPOLI, Lebanon: Security across the northern city of Tripoli was beefed up Wednesday ahead of a scheduled speech by Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The Lebanese Army boosted patrols particularly in the long-time rival neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen to coincide with Assad’s speech after he is sworn in for a new seven-year term.

A security source told The Daily Star that the measures were to prevent Assad supporters from firing their guns into the air in celebration.

 

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