Lebanon on high alert ahead of Hariri tribunal hearing

February 28th, 2009 - 9:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Beirut, Feb 28 (DPA) Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces (ISF) Director General Ashraf Rifi said Saturday all active units were on highest alert as the Special Tribunal for Lebanon that will try suspects in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri was was scheduled to open Sunday at The Hague.
Rifi said it was necessary to “tighten the grip on security measures and to set up checkpoints to preserve law and order”. The ISF and the armed forces would coordinate efforts countrywide.

Soldiers were seen taking up positions at strategic points in Beirut.

Since Hariri was assassinated, ensuing months saw a series of bomb explosions in Beirut, killing at least eight anti-Syrian officials loyal to the Hariri camp.

Hariri and 20 others were killed in a massive bomb blast, which was blamed by his followers on Syria. Damascus has vehemently denied involvement in the killings.

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