Muslim men pray at a mosque in Beirut, Friday, July 4, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Quranic verses echoed from the Safa Mosque in the Beirut neighborhood of Ras al-Nabaa Monday afternoon, one of several Shiite mosques scattered across the capital.ISIS bombers targeted two Shiite mosques in Saudi Arabia last month. Last Friday, an ISIS suicide bomber struck a mosque in Kuwait during Friday prayers, killing 27 people. When a string of bombings began in Beirut's southern suburbs in July 2013, security measures were tightened around the Safa Mosque and other Shiite mosques in Beirut.During Friday prayers, junctions near the mosque are blocked off. The mosque has been equipped with surveillance cameras.Elsewhere in the capital, similar steps are being taken at other Shiite mosques.Arriving on a motorcycle ridden by another man, Abu Ali admitted there were fears of attacks on Shiite mosques, similar to those that occurred in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
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