Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk speaks to reporters on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, during a tour in the Bekaa Valley to supervise the implementation of a security plan. (The Daily Star/ Dalati & Nohra, HO)
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The Lebanese Army, backed by security forces, staged a series of raids in the northern Bekaa Valley Friday, rounding up 56 wanted people and confiscating weapons and drugs on the second day of a security plan designed to crack down on crime and killings in the mostly deprived region.A joint 2,000-strong force from the Army, Internal Security Forces and General Security that carried out the raids also confiscated 18 cars lacking legal documents and about two tons of hashish stored in a warehouse in al-Hammoudieh, in addition to a large quantity of weapons, ammunition and communication equipment, the statement said.Machnouk was accompanied on his tour in the Bekaa by ISF chief Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Basbous and head of General Security Maj.
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