Police arrest a man at a checkpoint during a security crackdown in Msharafieh, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Security plan in southern suburbs to be expandedSecurity forces are expected to widen the scope of their operations targeting Beirut's southern suburbs, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said Tuesday, as policemen swept the Hezbollah stronghold for criminal elements. The Lebanese Army, police, and General Security personnel have begun implementing a far-reaching security plan that will last for "a number of days," the Army said in a statement Tuesday.The Army urged residents to cooperate with security agencies "for their own safety," and asked them to report any suspicious activity.The security plan has received mostly positive support from residents, and strong backing from Hezbollah and the Amal Movement, who enjoy wide popular support in the area. Prior to the 2013 deployment, Hezbollah had maintained strict control of security in the southern suburbs, home to much of the party's leadership.Tuesday's crackdown is part of a broader security plan launched by Machnouk targeting troubled parts of the country.
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