Ashura paraphernalia sold in the southern city of Nabatieh Thursday, October 23, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Precautionary security measures will be boosted ahead of Ashoura next week, particularly in Shiites areas of Beirut and south Lebanon. South Lebanon Governor Judge Mahmoud al-Mawlawi headed a security meeting Thursday at his Nabatieh office, which included over 20 security and military figures, to discuss necessary security measures to be taken during Ashoura. It was agreed that measures should be coordinated with the Lebanese Army, Internal Security Forces, General Security and the municipal police. In south Lebanon Hezbollah and the Amal Movement decided to implement precautionary measures across towns and villages in the wake of threats posed by ISIS and the Nusra Front.In the southern town of Nabatieh, renowned for holding ceremonies from the first day of Ashoura to the last, cars will be barred from accessing Nabatieh's Husseiniya, a Shiite religious center that hosts Ashoura commemoration events. Earlier Thursday, Hezbollah and Amal Movement representatives held a joint meeting in the former's office in the southern town of Tyre, where the need for coordination during Ashoura was discussed.
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