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Hezbollah deploys in Lebanon's Hermel over fears of car bombs

File photo of a Lebanese Army patrol in the Bekaa Valley.(The Daily Star/Stringer)

HERMEL, Lebanon: Hezbollah along with the security forces heavily deployed members in Hermel, east Lebanon, and erected checkpoints Thursday after explosives-rigged vehicles reportedly entered the Bekaa Valley region from Syria.

A security source told The Daily Star that three explosives-laden vehicles entered Lebanon near the border town of Arsal and made their way into Bekaa Valley.

Hermel, a stronghold of Hezbollah, is suspected to be the target, the source added.

Hezbollah members set up checkpoints at the entrances of Hermel and several neighborhoods while the Lebanese Army personnel and members of the Internal Security Forces were seen stationed in the town.

Hermel is home of a number of Hezbollah's social and military centers.

The source also said that fears of rigged vehicles entering Hermel and its surrounding areas have risen as a result of the ongoing battles in Syria's Qalamoun between Hezbollah-backed regime forces and rebel groups.

The fighting is forcing many rebels to flee into neighboring Lebanon.

Meanwhile, a high-ranking security source denied Thursday media reports that members of the Internal Security Forces handed over their checkpoints to Hezbollah in the southern town of Nabatieh following false reports of a car bomb.

The ISF also denied the reports, saying security forces were carrying out their duties in a normal fashion in the southern town.

 

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