Geagea Confirms Assassination Attempt: We Won’t Halt Our Revolution No Matter How Hard they Tryإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea revealed on Wednesday that he was the victim of an assassination attempt at his Maarab residence.
He announced during a press conference: “We will not halt our revolution no matter how hard they try and political leaders must take the necessary security precautions.”
He explained that on Wednesday morning, as he was taking a stroll in his garden, he leaned over to pick a flower soon after which he heard loud gunshots.
He threw himself on the ground as his security personnel came to his aid.
Security forces were immediately called to the scene and they extracted two bullets, ranging between 12.7 and 14.5mm, from a wall at the scene, he continued.
Geagea said that the operation needed more than one person to execute, thanking the security forces for their prompt response.
Furthermore, he revealed that the security forces are currently in pursuit of the assailants, who have fled to the outskirts of Maarab.
“I have always said that assassination attempts are a message to the would-be victim, but this time the assailants wanted the attack to be the final message,” said the LF chief.
“We have adopted political rhetoric for 40 years and they have responded with assassinations,” he noted.
“Why did they assassinate former Premier Rafik Hariri?” he asked.
“All that he did was acquire greater power than they had given him and it was clear that he was likely to acquire a parliamentary majority during the 2005 elections,” Geagea explained.
“Today’s incident is a continuation of the series of assassinations and assassination attempts that we thought had stopped after the 2008 Doha agreement,” he remarked.
“I am not accusing anyone of being behind my attempted assassination even though I have my own thoughts on the matter,” he stated.
“Those behind this attack are strictly professional given the type of weapon that was used and the distance from which it was executed,” he explained.
He stressed that the Maarab compound was not breached and that the attacker had carried out the attack from a distance of up to four kilometers using very advanced equipment.
“I believe that the wave of political assassinations in Lebanon has returned and I urge political leaders, who I won’t name, to take precautions,” he added.
“I won’t name potential targets, but I will say that there is one camp in Lebanon has not been and will not be attacked,” Geagea noted.
“They are seeking to eliminate national figures in Lebanon. What have we exercised in the past seven years besides politics?” he asked.
“I am certain that a team on the internal scene is involved in my assassination attempt and I will leave it up to the investigations to uncover the truth,” he said.
Developments over the past seven years have demonstrated that the decision to assassinate a figure is prompted when that individual “gains power greater than what is allowed,” he stated.
“No matter what they do, the revolt in Syria and our revolution will not stop until the rise of the state is achieved,” stressed Geagea.
04 April 2012, 16:47
Geagea: We will not rest until our revolution is complete.
04 April 2012, 16:47
Geagea: The security forces’ response was instant and I hope that the investigations will uncover the perpetrators as soon as possible.
04 April 2012, 16:46
Geagea: They are irritated by any side that gains power in Lebanon.
04 April 2012, 16:45
Geagea: I believe that a side in Lebanon is behind the attempted assassination, but we should leave the investigations to the security forces.
04 April 2012, 16:44
Geagea: They are seeking to eliminate the powerful players in Lebanon. What kind of logic is this?
04 April 2012, 16:43
Geagea: It is known who the targets within Lebanon are. One camp will not be targeted and has never been targeted.
04 April 2012, 16:41
Geagea: I am certain that this was a real assassination attempt that is linked to the attempts and murders that have taken place since the attack against MP Marwan Hamadeh in 2004.
04 April 2012, 16:40
Geagea: The technology used exceeds those of Maarab.
04 April 2012, 16:36
Geagea: Some sides are determined to thwart the rise of the state in Lebanon. If someone else has a different explanation, then they should explain it. We are now facing a new wave of assassinations.
04 April 2012, 16:35
Geagea: All that Rafik Hariri did was enjoy more power than they did and it was apparent that he would win a majority in the 2005 parliamentary elections, which prompted his assassination.
04 April 2012, 16:33
Geagea: This was not a message, but the sides behind the attack wanted this to be the final message. I thank God that no one was hurt.
04 April 2012, 16:32
Geagea: We would like to thank the security forces for their quick action and they are currently in pursuit of the assailants.
04 April 2012, 16:32
LF leader Samir Geagea during press conference on Maarab shooting: I was leaning over to pick a flower when we heard the sound of gunshots, which were most likely fired by snipers.