Charbel: Arrest Warrants Will Be Issued against All Who Made Statements of Incitement against Army

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Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel stressed on Tuesday that arrest warrants will be issued against all gunmen involved in the clashes in the southern city of Sidon, vowing that justice will take its course in this issue.

Charbel said: “Arrest warrants will be issued against individuals who attacked the army and made statements of incitement against it.”

He made his remarks after a sub-security council meeting at the Sidon Serail to tackle the clashes that rocked the city on Sunday and Monday.

“The security agencies must preserve the army's accomplishment of restoring peace in Sidon,” he continued.

“I hope that all sides, including political leaders, would cooperate in order to maintain the peace,” declared the minister.

“The blood of the martyrs will not go in vain,” vowed Charbel.

In addition, he noted that the army's accomplishment in Sidon has left its mark throughout the areas that witnessed tensions, remarking that calm has been restored in the northern city of Tripoli.

He credited the Internal Security Forces and various security agencies for regaining calm in Lebanon.

“We hope that this calm will continue and that all sides will derive lessons from the recent clashes,” he stated.

He then headed to the Abra area in Sidon where the main battles between the army and Salafist cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir took place.

He hoped before reporters at Abra that the heated political rhetoric in Lebanon would subside in light of the clashes.

At least 16 soldiers were killed and 50 were wounded in two days of clashes with the armed supporters of the cleric in the southern city.

More than 20 of al-Asir's supporters were killed, according to a security official.

Dozens of them were also arrested, but there was no sign of the cleric.

Tensions were high in Beirut and Tripoli over the clashes that took place on Sunday and Monday, but calm has since been restored.

Comments 7
Missing --karim_m1 25 June 2013, 14:19

Doesn't that mean arrest warrants against most of the February 14 Saudi-Wahabi coalition?

Missing allouchi 25 June 2013, 15:08

kaka the broken record...

Missing allouchi 25 June 2013, 15:09

double standards of the governmenr and military will surely drag Lebanon to civil war...wake up ya M8 idiots before it's too late...

Missing allouchi 25 June 2013, 18:09

-ft- you are but an idiot little thug just like your little seem to be losing your nerves and becoming being an FPM takfiri...If you don't agree with me you are "salafi etc..and should be eliminated." what a pathetic low life you have became..I feel sorry for you ya FPM TakFiris..

Missing zahle_nights 25 June 2013, 16:38

Flamethrower, I am not sure how mch I like you or your point of views, but I have to say you are a funny guy...

Missing zahle_nights 25 June 2013, 16:42

Assir should be brought to justice and be given the death penalty for killing our solidiers and nothing less than that... However, for those who are standing by the army, I would like to see the same support for the army, once the army will be chasing Nassrallah out of his cave... Then and only then Lebanon will emerge victorious... Long linve our Lebanese army...

Thumb fero 25 June 2013, 17:46

Asir is a coward and he will be hunted down and put to justice there is no room for sectarian strife in lebanon, the army has made you bleed and now the sharks will come