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Cabinet Tackles Security Situation away from Thorny Files

An ordinary cabinet session chaired by Prime Minister Tammam Salam convened at the Grand Serail on Thursday and focused on the security issues mainly after the Qaa bombings, without touching on any of the controversial files.

“Salam has assured that the Security Forces maintain readiness levels and capability to confront terrorism,” Information Minister Ramzi Jreij said after the meeting.

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Hariri and Geagea Denounce Qaa Bombings, Reject Self-Security

Al-Mustaqbal Movement chief MP Saad Hariri met with Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea late on Wednesday where talks denounced the attacks that targeted the eastern town of al-Qaa and rejected the principle of “autonomous security”, Hariri's media office said on Thursday.

Hariri received Geagea, accompanied by LF media officer Melhem Riachi, over a Suhoor banquet in the Central House in the presence of Hariri's adviser Ghattas Khoury.

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Man Opens Fire on Resistance Brigades Official in Central Bekaa

An unknown assailant opened gunfire at the vehicle of the Resistance Brigades official in the central Bekaa valley in eastern Lebanon without hurting him, the state-run National News Agency reported on Thursday.

The shooter opened fire at the black BMW when the official, Rami Mohammed Hamoura, parked his car near his place of residence in Bar Elias.

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Report: Security Situation Growing More Difficult

The security situation in Lebanon will become more difficult in light of an intensified campaign to eradicate terrorism in the region, As Safir daily reported on Thursday.

The situation is to become harder in light of reports alleging that the terror groups are using new tactics of bringing candidates for the attacks they carry out from outside Lebanon, a related source told the daily on condition of anonymity.

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Report: Hizbullah Refuses UNIFIL Deployment on Border

Hizbullah refuses the deployment of UNIFIL forces along Lebanon's border to counter threats from the Syrian and the infiltration of militants from the war-torn country, the Saudi Okaz daily reported on Wednesday.

“Hizbullah has informed political officials that it refuses the calls voiced by several ministers and leaderships demanding the deployment of UNIFIL forces along Lebanon's border with Syria,” well-informed sources told the daily.

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Geagea Doubts Iran and Hizbullah Want Aoun as President

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea said that Iran and Hizbullah might not want MP Michel Aoun to be elected as a head of state, An Nahar daily reported on Wednesday.

“Aoun might be the last person that Iran and Hizbullah want as a president,” Geagea told the daily.

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Saudi FM Says Hizbullah to Blame for Lebanon Political Vacuum

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Tuesday blamed Hizbullah and Iran for the protracting political vacuum in Lebanon, a day after the party accused Riyadh of blocking political solutions in the country.

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Army Raids Syrian Refugee Encampments after Suicide Blasts

Lebanese troops raided makeshift refugee camps near a predominantly Christian village on the border with Syria on Tuesday a day after two waves of suicide attacks.

"We are worried that there are more terrorists, so the Lebanese army is searching the area," said Bashir Matar, mayor of al-Qaa, which lies in a hilly border area shaken by violence since the civil war erupted in Syria in 2011.

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Report: Military Source Says al-Qaa Bombings Not Surprising

The successive suicide attacks that targeted on Monday the northeastern town of al-Qaa were not surprising after intelligence reports indicated the presence of threats that could possibly target Lebanon's internal arena, al-Mustaqbal daily reported on Tuesday.

“The military and security vigilance are at their highest levels, but that does not prevent the existence of some gaps exploited by the terrorists to carry out their criminal suicide operations,” a military source told the daily on condition of anonymity.

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8 Hurt in New Suicide Blasts in al-Qaa after Pre-Dawn Bombings Kill 5, Wound 15

Fresh suicide bombings rocked the eastern border town of al-Qaa on Monday evening, injuring eight people, only hours after four suicide bombers killed five people and wounded 15 others in the town before dawn.

In the latest violence, three suicide bombers riding motorcycles blew themselves up in the center of the predominantly Christian town, a security source told AFP.

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