File - From Mount Hermon or Jabal al-Sheikh is seen Syrian villages east of the Rif Damascus province, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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SIDON: Lebanon: Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt's weekend tour of the West Bekaa area is aimed at pre-empting any possible threats posed to the Druze community in Lebanon, according to political sources. Those familiar with the Druze leader and his way of tackling regional developments said that whenever Jumblatt sensed his people were in danger, he would take the initiative and leave behind his Mukhtara castle to tour around the Druze towns and villages in the Chouf, Aley, Rashaya and Hasbaya. His tour began Saturday in Hasbaya and Shebaa in the south and continued Sunday in the eastern towns of Ain Ata and Rashaya.According to sources following-up on his visits, the Druze leader is concerned about the situation of the Druze. Jumblatt is also concerned about the Druze areas on the Lebanese side of Mount Hermon.Prior to Jumblatt's visit to the town, according to security sources, the Druze leader tasked Health Minister Wael Abu Faour with communicating with Future MP Bahia Hariri to make sure the tour there would be calm.
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