File - A Lebanese army checkpoint is seen in the Hermel region, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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The Lebanese Army has intensified its security measures in the Baalbeck-Hermel region, a senior military source said Monday, but added that the state should address the lack of development that lies at the root of the area's insecurity. The source expressed surprise that some have pointed fingers at the Army in this regard, saying it was exerting all efforts to restore security to the area. The source criticized this perception of the area, saying it was unfair to many of the area's residents.Some political figures have recently accused the Army and other security agencies of neglecting the situation in Baalbeck-Hermel and doing little to maintain order, with some even going so far as to say that they are accomplices in the matter.The military source also criticized the perception by some that the Army responsible for instability in the area.During a meeting with Baalbeck-Hermel MPs, Aoun said the measures taken to strengthen security and stability in the area would be associated with development.Given that the Baalbeck-Hermel area is home to different clans who at times resort to violence to resolve disputes, the military source said the Army has been working on keeping communication channels open with these groups.
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