Lebanese security forces detain a man after they raided two hotels in Beirut's Hamra district on June 20, 2014.(AFP PHOTO / STR)
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Locals in Beirut's bustling commercial hub of Hamra shrugged off the arrest Friday of 17 men in a hotel believed to be linked to terrorism, following a morning raid that saw roads surrounding the building blocked off for several hours.As the raid got underway, security personnel parked six large Chevrolet SUVs 30 meters away from the hotel, while civilians flocked around the hotel trying to peer past the policemen holding them back.The Daily Star witnessed security forces escorting 12 men out of the hotel a couple of hours after the raid began.Security sources told The Daily Star that 12 suspects of differing nationalities – including Lebanese, Palestinian and Pakistani nationals – were arrested in the Napoleon hotel, with another five people arrested nearby.After the suspects had been removed from the hotel, a group of four businessmen exited the main entrance toward upper Hamra.
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