Funerals for Hezbollah “martyrs” have steadily increased since it joined Syria’s war. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh )
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Hezbollah is incurring significant losses in popularity among other sects due to rising crime rates in the northern Bekaa Valley – an area where the party enjoys wide influence and support – a senior political source close to the March 8 camp told The Daily Star Sunday.Kidnappers usually hail from the deprived, cannabis-growing province of Baalbek-Hermel, where Hezbollah dominates.The source, however, argued that Hezbollah currently finds itself stuck between a rock and hard place.The source, who was once in charge of maintaining law and order in the Baalbek-Hermel region, said it was imperative for Hezbollah to join forces with authorities to come up with a long-term plan to curb crime in the northern Bekaa Valley.The source is realistic, saying that Hezbollah and the Lebanese security forces were preoccupied with other more pressing files.
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