Tight security in Lebanon ahead of Christmas, New year

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The Lebanese Army and the Internal Security Forces have boosted security measures in the country ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays particularly around places of worship and shopping centers.

General Security personnel reportedly established fixed and mobile checkpoints across northern Lebanon, including in the strife-stricken city of Tripoli, National News Agency reported on Tuesday.

Lebanon’s state news agency added that General Security personnel set up positions outside Churches, nightclubs, restaurants and shopping malls ahead of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

The country’s security forces have gone on high alert amid the worsening security situation in the country, with the army and Internal Security Forces all announcing earlier in the week that they would deploy in a bid to prevent attacks.

Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Musallem denied to MTV reports of a possible security attack taking place on Christmas eve, stressing that the security forces are taking such rumors very seriously.