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Lebanon Says It Thwarted Syria-Linked Terror Plots in May


7Dnews London

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 20:35 GMT

Lebanon foiled a plot by Syria-based militants to carry out two attacks this year against places of worship and Lebanese army positions, Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk said on Monday December 10th.

The attacks were planned from Syria's rebel-held Idlib province and were timed to coincide with Lebanon's general election that took place in May, he said in a televised news conference.

Lebanon's Internal Security Forces monitored the plot and thwarted it, he said. The country remains safe for both residents and visitors, he added.

Lebanese authorities say they have disrupted or foiled numerous attacks in recent years, including some linked to the conflict in neighbouring Syria, Reuters reported.  

From 2013-2016 Syrian militants struck Lebanon repeatedly with bomb attacks. Idlib province is part of the last remaining stronghold in Syria outside government control, with much of it held by Turkey-backed radical rebel groups including the country's former al Qaeda affiliate. 

Lebanon shares power among its religious sects and has maintained a "dissociation" policy of staying out of regional conflicts.

However, Lebanon's Iran-backed militia, Hezbollah, has played a key military role in Syria, supporting regime head Bashar al-Assad against rebels seeking to oust him.

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