The camps need to be organised, Kahwagi said. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Army commander says camps that are home to refugees from neighboring Syria represent a growing security risk as potential hideouts for militants who have been prevented from using other areas to launch attacks and rig car bombs.Gen. Jean Kahwagi told Reuters the security situation was otherwise broadly under control two weeks after ISIS suicide bombers killed 46 people in the southern suburbs of Beirut in the bloodiest example yet of spillover from the Syria war. More than 1 million refugees from Syria are in Lebanon living in camps in the eastern Bekaa Valley, in Beirut, in northern Lebanon and in the south. The country has been repeatedly jolted by security incidents linked to the war in Syria, where Hezbollah is fighting alongside the Syrian army against insurgent groups including Sunni Islamists. Kahwagi, 59, assumed command of the Army when his predecessor, Michel Sleiman, became president in 2008 .The Army has fought protracted battles with militants on Lebanese territory since the onset of the Syria crisis.
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