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Joint forces from different security branches arrested 56 people after raiding the homes of fugitives in the northern Bekaa Valley early Friday, confiscating quantities of drugs and weapons.In a statement, the Army said the raids were concentrated in the Bekaa Valley towns of Baalbek, Brital, Hor Taala, Doris and al-Hammoudieh. Machnouk said security forces did not encounter any resistance during the raids, and rejected negative stereotypes attached to the northern Bekaa.The minister said the operation set a precedent as it was the first of its kind to be implemented jointly by the Army, Internal Security Forces and General Security.Taking part in the long awaited operation were units from the Army, Internal Security Forces and the General Security, an Army statement said.
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