BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army announced Sunday in a statement on its website that it would enforce strict security measures during the holiday marking the end of Ramadan.
“On the occasion of Eid al-Fitr and due to the celebratory ceremonies specific for this event across Lebanon, Army units have begun to implement exceptional security measures around worshiping houses and places that surround them,” the statement said.
The Army will also maintain its control over the country’s main roads, shopping centers and various touristic sites. The heightened security measures come after a number of terror plots were uncovered.
There are also fears that Lebanon’s mosques could be a target for terrorist attacks after twin car bombs attacked Tripoli’s Al-Taqwa and Al-Salam mosques last summer.
“The measures will include the spread of Army members, deploying patrols, and erecting mobile and fixed checkpoints as well control points.”
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 28, 2014, on page 4.