The new General Security detention center in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk Monday expressed disappointment at the recent series of protests he said are a part of a "bitter" campaign to target Downtown Beirut, vowing to prevent attempts to vandalize property in the area. His remarks came after he inspected a new General Security detention center in Beirut. The center that authorities will inaugurate around the New Year is set to replace the jail for foreigners underneath the Adlieh roundabout, which is notorious for its appalling conditions. Machnouk described the campaign against the capital as "bitter".Machnouk praised the new detention center as well.It is designed to hold 390 women and 370 men, with 22 bunks per cell, according to Hannoun.General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, who accompanied Machnouk on his tour of the new detention center, emphasized that the directorate is committed to fortifying the stability of Lebanon.Machnouk also toured the Al-Jadeed broadcasting office in Wata al-Moseitbeh, Monday, to express his solidarity with the news institution after gunmen opened fire on the office Friday night.
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