People drag their luggage as they leave the hotels district in Beirut's Raouche, Thursday, June 26, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Hotels in Beirut's touristic Raouche neighborhood were on lockdown Thursday, with managers upping security measures to reassure guests amid a continued search for potential suicide bombers.Just down the road from the Duroy Hotel, where a Saudi suicide bomber blew himself up in his room Wednesday evening to avoid being detained during a security raid, Hisham al-Okaily said security forces had been into his hotel to ask for guest documentation three times since the blast. The junction by the two hotels was closed for most of the day as the Ramada Plaza raid took place and forensic scientists examined the Duroy Hotel.At the King's Suites Hotel, which is opposite Ramada Plaza and right next to the Duroy, a family of four was busy checking out despite having only arrived the day before.Staff at the King's Suites Hotel declined to comment on whether or not they had been raided as part of the security sweep of the area, as did those at a nearby branch of the popular Rotana hotel chain, Raouche Arjaan.
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