File - Lebanese police stand guard ahead of the trials for Islamist prisoners arrested for alleged involvement in the Nahr al-Bared clashes, in Roumieh, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Police launched a "wide-scale search operation" early Monday in Lebanon's notorious Roumieh Prison following a weekend riot by Islamist inmates during which they briefly held 20 guards hostage.Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said a Strike Force unit, part of the Internal Security Forces' Special Operations Command, carried out the search operation at Roumieh's Block D between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. Machnouk said Roumieh's Block B, which has been closed for repair work, would reopen in 15 days.Machnouk visited the prison later Monday after the operation was complete.Islamist inmates at Roumieh Prison have demanded during the recent riots to be moved back to Block B.
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