Policemen from the Information Branch gather outside of the Duroy Hotel in Beirut, Thursday, June 26, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Security forces raided more hotels in Beirut Thursday in search of suspected terrorists as details emerged that the two Saudi suicide bombers had planned to attack a restaurant in the southern suburbs frequented by Hezbollah officials.Although it was not found, the search continued in and around the area, security sources said. Other camps are off-limits to Lebanese authorities and policed by armed Palestinian factions. Speaker Nabih Berri, meanwhile, renewed his call for 3,000 new Army recruits and an additional 1,000 members each for General Security and the ISF to face growing threats from terror groups. Seconds later, the other would do the same after people had gathered to help the wounded, to cause maximum damage, the source said.The source added that the pair were members of the Al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), while a Syrian man who helped the pair plan the attack was a member of the Tawhid Brigade, an armed rebel group involved in the Syrian war.Sources said the security forces had also raided the Golden Tulip Galleria Hotel in Jnah, arresting a Saudi and Syrian national.
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