World Bulletin/News Desk
Lebanon's army said on Friday it was stepping up security at religious sites and other public places over the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday after a spate of kidnappings in Beirut and protests which blocked the airport road.
"Army units started taking exceptional security measures in the vicinity of religious places, main roads, shopping areas and tourist attractions," the army said in a statement.
A Lebanese Shi'ite clan kidnapped 20 Syrians and a Turkish businessman this week, saying it was holding them to secure the release of a relative captured by Syrian rebels in Damascus.
Sectarian tensions are already running high in Lebanon over the uprising in neighbouring Syria, where mainly Sunni Muslim rebels are seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, whose Alawite sect is an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam.
Eleven Shi'ite Lebanese men have been held in northern Syria by Syrian rebels for more than three months. Families of the captives burned tyres and blocked the Beirut airport road on Wednesday night after reports that some of their relatives had been wounded in a government air strike.
Most of the recruits are former fighters of the Popular Resistance pro-government movement
Uzbekistan already proved to be important NATO partner assisting in the war on the Taliban movement in neighboring Afghanistan
Michael Ratney will travel to Russia, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland to continue talks to end to Syrian crisis
Saudi forces seize control of two areas in Yemen’s Saada province after Houthi militants recently stormed Saudi positions in the southern Saudi province of Jizan.
Yassin blamed the Shia Houthi group for the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen
FM spokesman says Ankara committed to train-and-equip program as per deal with US in fight against ISIL
John Gatt-Rutter says EU will 'use more tools' to force Israel out of Jewish settlements expansion
Abbas' resignation caused Palestine National Council to convene for session on September 15-16
The Lebanese governments waste disposal issue has become a pressing problem which has spurred mass protests calling for a change in government
US watchdog says cluster munitions are adding to the terrible civilian toll in Yemen's conflict
Conflicting sides confirm ceasefire which is due to begin Thursday
After supposed rocket fire Israeli forces launch air strikes in centeral Gaza
The leader of ISIL's cyber division has been killed in a drone attack by the US in northern Syria.
Bernardino Leon wants Libyan factions to grasp 'historic and unique opportunity'
Front line between the regional Kurdish peshmerga forces and ISIL in northern Iraq has hardly budged for months
US will seek to allay the concerns of Saudi Arabia over a historic nuclear deal with Iran