Prime Minister Tammam Salam and his Cabinet stand for a moment of silence for the victims of the attacks in the northeastern village of Al-Qaa, Tuesday, June 28, 2016. (The Daily Star/Dalati&Nohra, HO)
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The Cabinet Tuesday said it will remain in a heightened state of vigilence, one day after multiple suicide attacks hit the northeastern border village of Al-Qaa.The multiple attacks on the village of Al-Qaa, involving eight suicide bombers, were the latest in the bloody spillover of the 5-year war in Syria into Lebanon, and revived fears of a return to suicide blasts that had targeted the Lebanese Army and Hezbollah areas in the past.Four suicide bombers struck Al-Qaa Monday night, wounding 13 people, 18 hours after four suicide bombings killed five people and wounded 19 others in the same village, security and military sources said. Ministers stood for a moment of silence for the victims of the attacks at the beginning of the session. The Cabinet was set to discuss Lebanon's finances during Tuesday's special session, but security concerns following multiple suicide attacks the day before topped the agenda. The Interior Ministry is beefing up security with additional concrete blocks on side streets facing its entrances.Several ministers told reporters as they arrived at the Grand Serail that the Cabinet is compelled to discuss Monday's suicide attacks.
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