Report: Army Detains Palestinian Plotting 'Terrorist' Act in Sidon

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The Lebanese army intelligence detained a Palestinian national suspected of belonging to an extremist group plotting to carry out a “terrorist act” in the southern portal city of Sidon.

According to al-Akhbar newspaper published on Monday, Mohammed A. H. was arrested while he was entering Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp.

The Palestinian is a supporter of Salafist cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir and he was said to be killed in battles in the Syrian town of Qusayr near the Lebanese border.

The suspect was detained over “links to an extremist plotting to carry out a terrorist act in Sidon to create a sectarian strife,” security sources told the newspaper.

The sources pointed out that “the group is recruiting several men to carry out the scheme.”

Asir, the imam of Sidon's Bilal bin Rabah Mosque, announced in April the creation of the “Free Resistance Brigades,” urging whoever is capable of heading to Syria to go there to aid “the oppressed” in Qusayr and Homs.

Asir's announcement was to protest Hizbullah's involvement in the neighboring country Syria.

Hizbullah fighters spearheaded a devastating 17-day assault on the Syrian town of Qusayr near the Lebanese border which culminated last week with its recapture from the rebels.

Although Lebanon has officially adopted a position of neutrality in Syria's war, its people are sharply divided with Hizbullah and its allies backing President Bashar Assad's regime and the March 14 coalition supports the rebellion.

Syria's civil war has exacerbated sectarian tensions in Lebanon and its security situation has deteriorated due to various groups intervention in battles in the neighboring country.

Analysts recently warned that the foray into Syria's civil war by Hizbullah has fueled a Sunni-Shiite polarization that threatens to feed extremism on both sides and export the conflict to the wider region.

Comments 9
Missing phillipo 17 June 2013, 11:44

What is this ? Palestinians carrying out terrorist attacks on the country that has harboured them for the last 65 years? Can't be, impossible.

Thumb primesuspect 17 June 2013, 15:08

Your ungrateful Palestinians could be your Lebanese Christians or Shia Moslems working in the GCC, stealing local resources and jobs and criticizing the local monarchs. How ungrateful is this?

Missing theobserver 17 June 2013, 15:49

@primesuspect
if lebanese in the golf had weapons and terrorized the region then I'll agree with you

Thumb lebanon_first 17 June 2013, 16:22

yeah prime, your analogy is overstretched. lebanese in the gulf are like the armenians of lebanon, hard working individuals, who expect to be paid handsomely. Not like the palestinians available to the highest bidder to throw shit at their benefactors

Thumb benzona 17 June 2013, 16:28

Palestinians are refugees in their own country, in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, etc...

Armenians are refugees in Lebanon, we simply like them because they're christians, which is good for the equilibrium.

guys, I'm joking with you.... you're all despicable for writing such things. you're no different than Nazis who martyred the jews or Ottomans who martyred the armenians..... Do I need to go on with Hutu and Tutsi?

Missing bigjohn 17 June 2013, 19:22

You are judging the Palestinian people over the action of one person? That is despicable. The Palestinians have a right of return like every nation on earth, otherwise you are supporting ethnic cleansing. The Palestinian people are the only NATION ON EARTH where there are millions of persons living in forced exile ONLY because they are of the wrong religion (they are Christians and Muslims instead of Judaic)

Missing peace 17 June 2013, 21:38

so only the parties elected by the palestinians should speak for them and defend their rights and certainly not hezbollah who was never commisioned to deal with their rights other than by iran to create division in the region...

Default-user-icon mazin (Guest) 18 June 2013, 12:11

strange how people's eyes work; none of you read that this stupid palestinian supports ahmad al asir, the LEBANESE, and whose LEBANESE alley al-shahal blocks the lebanese army way in north, and 2 of his LEBANESE supporters were stopped by the lebanese army yesterday in tareq jdeedi, but because they are not palestinians,and more supporters blocked roads, they were released after 5 min as the LEBANESE shadi el mawlawi was released and given lift in prime minister's car.

Default-user-icon mazin (Guest) 18 June 2013, 12:11

strange how people's eyes work; none of you read that this stupid palestinian supports ahmad al asir, the LEBANESE, and whose LEBANESE alley al-shahal blocks the lebanese army way in north, and 2 of his LEBANESE supporters were stopped by the lebanese army yesterday in tareq jdeedi, but because they are not palestinians,and more supporters blocked roads, they were released after 5 min as the LEBANESE shadi el mawlawi was released and given lift in prime minister's car.