Aoun Links Sidon Clashes to Uncontrolled Flow of Syrian Refugees into Lebanon

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Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun condemned on Monday the clashes in the southern city of Sidon, linking the unrest to the “uncontrolled” flow of Syrian refugees into Lebanon.

He said during a press conference: “We had repeatedly stressed the need to pay attention to the flow of refugees in order to prevent their transformation into rebels who may combat the army.”

“The government is not controlling the situation and we have repeatedly warned of this development, but no security measure was taken to monitor the flow of refugees,” added the MP.

Asked who is responsible for the unrest, he responded: “Some sides responsible for the country's security have neglected their duties towards the army, their nation, and citizens.”

“Those responsible for the security must assume their duties. Who allowed armed groups to gain power?” he wondered.

Moreover, Aoun praised the army for its crackdown on the unrest in Sidon, hoping that its efforts will mark the beginning of “the liberation of Lebanon of criminal gunmen.”

Clashes broke out on Sunday between the army and supporters of Salafist cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir in the southern city of Sidon.

The military command said the number of troops killed in the fighting rose to 12. There were also more than 50 injuries among the ranks of the soldiers, but it was not clear how many fighters were killed in the unrest.

The clashes erupted when al-Asir's supporters surrounded an army checkpoint in the area, where a vehicle transporting other supporters of the cleric had been stopped.

After the armed men attacked the troops with gunfire, the army fired back.

Comments 14
Thumb benzona 24 June 2013, 14:56

Quel lien entre les malheureux réfugiés syriens et le “unrest„? They aren't armed.... Mish ma3 2ool Chou khafeef Hal zalame.

Default-user-icon trueleb (Guest) 24 June 2013, 15:00

We need to kick the refugees out, we need to kick all of the Al-Nusra fighters and jihadist scum (like Assir) out, we need to kick any Hezbollah member who is fighting in Syria out, we need to kick everyone who fights for a foreign government out, they are all traitors and we need to kick them out. Then we need to build a wall a long the border and aim our guns at anyone trying to break through! Lebanon does not belong to Iran or Qatar or Saudi Arabia! If they want to fight each other they can kill each other on their own grounds! LEBANON FOR THE LEBANESE!

Missing themadman 24 June 2013, 15:10

You are in the government so you are responsible. ne2ta 3al sater!

Thumb geha 24 June 2013, 15:22

oh, just shut up aoun!

Thumb benzona 24 June 2013, 15:25

Can you beleive I didn't prepare the pop corn? He opened his mouth one day early.... Plus there's no electricity (nishkor Bassil) for the popcorn maker nor the microwave,

Missing peace 24 June 2013, 15:24

all the current unrest is the result of M8 stubborness to protect hezbis and their arsenal... when ONE party is allowed to hold weapons it was foreseeable that others would do the same! why double standards? it is mathematic.... all the experts told it... M14 warned from that... but M8 to keep their privileges just hid their heads in the ground and now they are crying like offensed virgins... more hypocrit than that you cannot find.... so blame M8 not those who armed themselves as a result to the lack of a strong state carefully kept as such by hezbis.....

Missing peace 24 June 2013, 15:26

“The government is not controlling the situation and we have repeatedly warned of this development"

as many warned you that by allowing one single party to be armed will result into this unrest....

Missing peace 25 June 2013, 00:25

LOL yes sure you disarm them by allying "terrorists" as aoun called them before! LOL! what if assad allies with salafis? LOL! would you find it normal too? hahahaha! poor FT as demented as his alzheimer general....

Missing samiam 24 June 2013, 15:35

is he sure it isn't due to aliens or the recent 'super' moon?

Missing antibiotic 24 June 2013, 17:42

& the shia puppet finds its perfect timing to stop syrian refugees, hezb & the shia are very very smart , i would not be suprised if they planed this all just to say this

Thumb beiruti 24 June 2013, 18:35

And now, if we really want to get to the cause of what is happening in Sidon, you have to go to "cause and effect". Is the Asir phenomena in Sidon a cause or an effect? Without Hezbollah and it’s over reaching in Lebanon, would there be an Asir? The answer is yes, of course, these types are everywhere. But would his hateful speech have resonance in Lebanon without Hezbollah? Ah, now there it is. Hezbollah's presence and its arrogant behavior and control of the government, is all that is needed for an Assir to gain resonance with a disaffected part of the population and we get what we have in Sidon. And as for the cause for Hezbollah’s arrogant grab for power in the Lebanese government? Look in the mirror le petite generale. These are the consequences of your Machiavellian games played with Nasrallah.

Thumb benzona 24 June 2013, 20:46

I know bani, god bless you too. Ad I think the current salary for an MP is 19k instead of 11k in the previous legislature.

Thumb benzona 24 June 2013, 20:50

You seem to prefer hidden faces in a burka/tchadors..... We all have our fantasies....

Missing peace 25 June 2013, 00:28

the roar you are maybe not the same person but you share the same BS as FT... so yes intellectually you are the same: empty brains....