Army Commander General Jean Qahwaji warned on Tuesday against the fabricated tension across Lebanon, describing the current phase as “difficult.”
“The army will not allow to be deviated away from its mission,” Qahwaji told As Safir newspaper.
He pointed out that there are attempts to slip Lebanon into a crisis to link the country to the regional turmoil.
“The army is carrying out its tasks across Lebanon, particularly in the north and along the border,” the army commander noted.
However, he said there is a “maestro” provoking the situation in the country to keep the army occupied in “marginal” battles.
“Everyone is responsible for safeguarding the country,” Qahwaji said, asking the Lebanese to assume their responsibilities in protecting Lebanon.
He stressed that the army will strike back with an iron fist at anyone tempted to tamper with the security of Lebanon or threaten the safety of the citizens.
“The situation is critical and all the Lebanese are partners in the mission to save” Lebanon, Qahwaji told As Safir.
Lebanon has witnessed recently several security incidents in the northern city of Tripoli, in the Nahr al-Bared and Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camps and along the Lebanese-Syrian border.
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