Berri, Hariri Slam Beirut 'Security Chaos' as Army Deploys

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The army deployed Monday evening across the capital Beirut, after the Aisha Bakkar area and other neighborhoods witnessed post-elections security incidents.

The National News Agency said “gunmen on motorbikes raised partisan flags on the monument of Martyr Premier Rafik Hariri in the St. Georges area before moving to Aisha Bakkar, where they attacked a number of vehicles and opened fire without causing casualties.”

A video circulated on social media showed a fistfight that involved the use of batons near the Aisha Bakkar Mosque. The clash erupts after dozens of young men arrive in the area on motorbikes, carrying Hizbullah flags. The video shows them clashing with young men carrying al-Mustaqbal Movement flags.

A statement issued by Prime Minister Saad Hariri's office said the premier called Army chief General Joseph Aoun and Internal Security Forces chief Maj. Gen. Imad Othman to ask them to “contain the chaos in Beirut and take the necessary measures as soon as possible before things spiral out of control.”

Speaker Nabih Berri later issued a statement condemning what he called “the shameful practices that were carried out by some convoys that roamed the capital Beirut's streets and targeted symbols, headquarters and leaders whom we highly respect.”

“The dignity of the capital Beirut and the dignity of its sons, dear families and leaders are part of our dignity and any attack on them is an attack on our dignity and the dignity of all Lebanese,” Berri added.

“We condemn in the strongest terms all the appalling practices on some streets in the capital Beirut during which some hooligans harmed the AMAL Movement and Hizbullah and their achievements. These irresponsible practices do not reflect the behavior and ethics of the sons of Imam (Moussa) al-Sadr and Hizbullah,” the Speaker went on to say.

He also called on security and judicial authorities to take the legal measures against anyone involved in such practices.

The army deployed across the capital, made arrests and erected checkpoints in the wake of the incidents and the appeals of Hariri and Berri.

Comments 13
Thumb lubnani.masi7i 07 May 2018, 23:18

Yes, the shia duo practice coexistence and harmony.

Thumb s.o.s 07 May 2018, 23:45

They should be shot on sight. The filth want another May 7 and the corrupt LAF is doing nothing.

Thumb liberty 08 May 2018, 03:13

The National News Agency said “gunmen on motorbikes raised partisan flags on the monument of Martyr Premier Rafik Hariri in the St. Georges area before moving to Aisha Bakkar, where they attacked a number of vehicles and opened fire without causing casualties.”

So, the competent Interior Minister who just won the people's confidence and vote issued an edict banning the use of motorcycles for 3 days thus destroying the livelihoods of hundreds if not thousands of people who depend on motorcycles as a means of transport for their living.

That is how you handle sectarian security situations. It's like if a car bomb explodes, you ban the use of cars to solve the problem.

Thumb warrior 08 May 2018, 05:18

So tomorrow they will use cars to terrorize neighborhoods, and the genius will ban cars!

Thumb enterprise 08 May 2018, 04:14

Nassrallah warned that those who continue the “sectarian rhetoric” after the elections would be “seeking strife” and “blocking any improvement in the country.”

and what happened next? He sent his thugs on a despicable display of sectarian hatred that only the shia of Lebanon are capable of.

Thumb janoubi 08 May 2018, 07:32

راية حزب الله على تمثال رفيق الحريري في وسط بيروت

وقع مساء الاثنين إشكال في أحد أحياء بيروت وقرب دار الافتاء خلال مسيرة دراجات نارية لعدد من أنصار حزب الله وحركة أمل احتفالا بفوز الثنائي. وكانت تلك المسيرات قد أطلقت مساء الأحد هتافات طائفية، بأن "بيروت أصبحت شيعية".، ورفعت أعلاما على تمثال رفيق الحريري في مكان اغتياله في عين المريسة.
كما تم تداول، العديد من الفيديوهات تظهر مناصرين لحزب الله وأمل بالرشاشات في الشوارع، حتى إن أحدهم ظهر حاملاً "بازوكا"

https://www.alarabiya.net/ar/arab-and-world/2018/05/08/ترهيب-في-بيروت-مناصرو-حزب-الله-وأمل-بالسلاح-في-الشوار.html

Thumb ex-fpm 08 May 2018, 07:45

janoubi 12 minutes ago
راية حزب الله على تمثال رفيق الحريري في وسط بيروت

>The killer always goes bak to the scene of the crime.<

Thumb s.o.s 08 May 2018, 11:40

spot on!

Thumb justice 08 May 2018, 09:53

and Berri will be automatically re-elected as Speaker.

Missing ysurais 08 May 2018, 13:16

shame duo, tango and cash!

Thumb galaxy 08 May 2018, 15:45

ashraf nass of nassrallah doing what they do best: hatred, sectarianism, terrorism, destruction and of course coexistence.

Thumb warrior 08 May 2018, 17:33

the scum of the earth

Thumb shab 08 May 2018, 18:08

Filth begets filth