Faisal Karami Urges State to Fight Arms Proliferation

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Youth and Sports Minister Faisal Karami urged the state on Saturday to put an end to arms proliferation following an attack on his convoy in the northern city of Tripoli.

In remarks to visiting delegations, Karami played down Friday's assault that erupted after gunmen from the neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh demanding the release of Islamists held in Roumieh prison clashed with his bodyguards and then tossed a grenade at the convoy, setting a four-wheeler on fire.

The incident left 11 people, including four of his bodyguards, injured.

Karami reiterated that he wasn't the target of an assassination attempt and stressed that officials should seek for the stability and security of Tripoli.

He praised his father former Prime Minister Omar Karami for announcing on Friday that the family did not hold any grudges against anyone.

Karami the elder “was able to contain the shock,” the minister said.

The state “should learn a lesson from yesterday's incident and put an end to arms proliferation,” he said.

According to LBCI TV, Karami has vowed to cover the medical expenses of his bodyguards and the Bab al-Tabbaneh protestors who were injured in the clash.

On scores of Islamists held in Roumieh, Karami said they are captives and not prisoners.

The gunmen who attacked the convoy were on Friday heading to Tripoli’s Abdul Hamid Karami square to stage a sit-in after prayers in solidarity with the inmates.

Comments 13
Default-user-icon MUSTAPHA O. GHALAYINI (Guest) 19 January 2013, 13:09

strange....but faisal karami is a minister in hizballah gvmt...the gvmt of arms

Default-user-icon wiseguy (Guest) 14 March 2013, 23:30

that means it is hariri criminals who did it

Thumb andre.jabbour 19 January 2013, 14:09

He's armed, why shouldn't e Islamists be armed as well? Hezbollah is armed, why shouldn't arme ourselves to defend ourselves from the Farsi shabiha dictatorship?

Missing peace 19 January 2013, 16:25

funny how he never asked for that when M14 people got shot but an m8er is aimed at he cries...
then start by asking the disarmemant of hezbollah to set the good example!!!!

Missing ssnp01 19 January 2013, 16:32

I hear you DownUnda ..

Missing helicopter 19 January 2013, 19:12

Youth and Sports Minister Faisal Karami urged the state on Saturday to put an end to arms proliferation following an attack on his convoy in the northern city of Tripoli..........we have been saying that since 2005, the difference is YOU WANT ONLY THE OTHERS TO DISARM.

Missing helicopter 19 January 2013, 19:14

The state “should learn a lesson from yesterday's incident and put an end to arms proliferation,” he said..................
Disagree, the State should have learned the lesson right after the assassination of Harriri (I would have said even earlier than that but back then the State was SYRIA not Lebanon).

Missing bigjohn 20 January 2013, 01:19

Sidon 93...ALL the Lebanese media reported that the shooting was started by Sabbagh men AND SABBAGH DID NOT DENY that the shooting was between his men and Karami's security guards. Find out the WHOLE story from a number of sources before making a reply.

Missing helicopter 19 January 2013, 19:17

According to LBCI TV, Karami has vowed to cover the medical expenses of his bodyguards and the Bab al-Tabbaneh protestors who were injured in the clash..............
I am sure he earned every Penney with hard work and sweat (same goes for all other Shark Politicians "ex- Warlords"). He is willing to spend some of the people stolen money, nice guy.

Missing bigjohn 20 January 2013, 00:10

The gunmen who opened fire in Tripoli belong to Sheikh Sabbagh. He is the most powerful Sunni Islamist militia (alQaeda linked) leader in Tripoli. In an interview with Al Akhbar newspaper, he said that he started organizing a militia in 2006 AFTER Lebanon was attacked and invaded by Israeli aggressors (thanks to the worthless Lebanese Army and the worthless puppet Arab governments). What is the real purpose of these men to get armed? If they want to defend Lebanon from Israel, having a militia in Tripoli and attacking the Alewites does not fit the purpose. If they want to challenge HA, there are no HA strongholds here in the North (because there is no Shiite and not a single Shiite MP). Why don't they go to Southern Beirut or the South and challenge them.

They are no different than Fatah/Islam. These Al qaeda warriors want to fight EVERYONE in Lebanon and around the world who is not a Sunni fanatic.

Thumb bananasplit 20 January 2013, 00:44

As far as I can tell if you put your eggs in either M8 or M14 basket and have any faith in either you are a lost cause....both are opportunistic and don't stand for anything other than their immediate self interest and preservation - there is nothing they do that is in the national interest.

Thumb whyaskwhy 20 January 2013, 06:43

Amen Banansplit, the problem is that the youth of today have little knowledge of history they didn’t live. Hizballah and 14th of March are about the same when it comes to failure even though they had different approaches the common denominator was that they cannot work with each other for the welfare of the nation just individually for their own sake. They are all Lebanese to the bone which as the old saying goes "dudu min 3udu"... and we expect change real soon when young kids through their lives away supporting leaders who would gladly through them to the lions at a moments notice to protect their little fiefdoms worse yet they actually ask to be used and abused. Brain washing is a lot simpler than cloth washing in Lebanon. The individual thinker in an anomaly as you can read from the many threads.

Missing Cyanide 20 January 2013, 16:56

man you should get ur news right!!!! faisal karami's body guard tried to open the way and when he failed he shot twice in the air. then the other side shot in the air. thats how it started. baddon yeklo ras l nes