army forces have began taking over entries and checkpoints from Hezbollah
forces' hands in Beirut's southern suburb, considered the Shiite group's stronghold.
According to the al-Arabiya network, the Lebanese forces deployed without any unusual events. According to the report, 12 officers ordered to secure the Dahiya quarter will take charge over 36 road-blocks.
In the future, the Lebanese army is set to take over 44 positions in the suburb, according to the outline set out by Interior Minister Marwan Charbel last week.
Army enters Beirut quarter
Lebanese army enters Dahiya
Army forces in Hezbollah stronghold
These forces will establish stations to monitor pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the area, replacing the Hezbollah checkpoints erected over recent weeks following attacks inside Dahiya.
Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised interview to Al Manar that "we congratulate and appreciate the decision to deploy Lebanese security forces in Dahiya. We hope the country's leaders will fulfill their lawful and national duties in other cities in Lebanon as well."
Hezbollah affiliated Lebanese Member of Parliament, Mohammad Raad, said that "We in Hezbollah are the first to congratulate the official security forces fulfilling their tasks in Dahiya.
"Following the attack in the a-Roueiss area (in Beirut's southern suburb) security services could not fulfill their task and supply security and stability to our residents in Dahiya.
"We've taken several steps as 'first aid' – until the state fulfils its duties."
Interior Minister Marwan Charbel arrived in Beirut's southern suburb to monitor the deployment.
"Security services including Lebanon's army and the general security service have deployed in the area to let the citizens know the state is there to protect them," Charbel was cited as saying in the Lebanese TV station al-Jadid.
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