Berri Warns of Foreign Plot -Local Assistance in Targeting Army at Palestinian Campsإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Speaker Nabih Berri warned on Wednesday of a foreign plot coupled with a local participation to drag the Palestinian camps throughout Lebanon to strife.
“The incidents at the Palestinian camps and the targets against the Lebanese army are not innocent and call for concern,” Berri told several newspapers.
“The foreign plot is present but there is an internal participation in it,” he warned, reiterating that the security incidents from the North to the South are not a coincidence.
He claimed the facts on the ground match the information that he received several weeks ago about preparations for a clash between the shantytowns and their surrounding areas.
Berri was referring to a warning from an Arab leader to a Lebanese official that Palestinian refugees could be pushed to ignite strife in Lebanon similar to the upheaval in Syria.
Al-Akhbar newspaper said Tuesday that the official, who is likely to be Berri, contacted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who sent Azzam al-Ahmed as an envoy to Lebanon to cooperate with the Lebanese authorities in the attempt to thwart the plot.
Angry Palestinians have clashed in the past five days with the Lebanese army at the entrances of the Nahr al-Bared and Ain el-Hilweh refugee camps, leaving three people dead.
Berri rejected “tampering with the morale of the army and the role that the national institutional plays in protecting Lebanese and Palestinians against the Israeli enemy.”
According to An Nahar newspaper, Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat held a telephone conversation with the speaker, backing him in his warnings.
Berri also contacted Palestinian and Lebanese officials to contain the incidents at the camps.