BEIRUT: Plans to lighten security measures in Beirut’s southern suburbs are underway as residents reported Friday seeing some checkpoints into the area being dismantled.
Lebanese security services and Hezbollah set up strict security measures within and around the capital’s southern suburbs in recent months following a string of car bombs that hit the area, where Hezbollah has offices and enjoys wide support.
Checkpoints run by General Security and the Internal Security Forces would be disassembled by Monday, leaving several secured entry points operated by the Lebanese Army, sources said.
The plans to ease security come after a lull in violence. Local businesses and residents have also begun to roll back their own makeshift security measures.
Owners of the poultry shop Harkous took down their two-story shields made from reinforced concrete. They told The Daily Star they paid more than $10,000 for the structures, but that their presence had upset customers. Most of the attacks were claimed by Syrian rebel groups, who said they came in retaliation for Hezbollah’s military involvement in Syria alongside President Bashar Assad.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 31, 2014, on page 2.