Machnouk speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Monday, May 7, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Caretaker Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk called Thursday for "intensive meetings" to end ongoing violent crime in eastern Lebanon's Baalbeck-Hermel, telling reporters after a meeting in Baabda with President Michel Aoun it was time to end the "chaos".Machnouk's comments Thursday come after the Higher Defense Council decided at a meeting in Baabda Palace earlier this month to take "necessary security measures" to stem violent crime in Baalbeck, which is located 10 km west of the Syrian border.
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