Aoun: The Danger on Lebanon is Great and al-Qaida is One Step Awayإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun warned on Saturday against the danger on Lebanon that could result from Syria's conflict, explaining that al-Qaida's presence would soon be felt in the country.
“Al-Qaida is one step away from being present in Lebanon, and once here, it will announce an (Islamic) Emirate in the north,” Aoun said in front of a delegation of students who won the Antonine University elections.
The FPM leader added: “What is happening in Syria now is very dangerous and threatens our existence, especially since the revolutionaries are radicals”.
Aoun called on the students to be aware of the regional changes and conflicts that could threaten Lebanon's stability.
“They want to make us focus our attention on the electoral law but we should not forget where the real danger is,” Aoun explained.
“The number of Palestinians in Lebanon is nearing 1 million,” Aoun said commenting on the arrival of refugees from Syria through the border, expressing that this is a “real danger from which our attention should not be deviated”.
“Nations supporting the revolutionaries in Syria with money and arms are obliging Palestinians to flee the war-torn country,” the FPM leader said, questioning why these regimes do not “take responsibility of the refugees instead of blaming us and putting the entire burden on Lebanon".
An air strike on the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria have caused the eruption of Clashes between the pro-regime Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command against rebel fighters, some of them also Palestinians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Around 10,000 Palestinians had fled from Syria to Lebanon and since the latest violence another 3,000 had crossed the border or were in the process of crossing, UNRWA deputy chief of staff Lisa Gilliam.
“Some parties in the country are encouraging people to go fight in Syria and this might have catastrophic results on Lebanon,” Aoun noted.
“Al-Qaida and other extremist organizations are found in Syria not Lebanon, thus beware of what comes from outside and is supported internally,” he ended.