March 14 Voices Fear that International Community Will Label Beirut Airport as Unsafe

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The March 14 General Secretariat condemned on Wednesday the latest security incidents that have occurred in Lebanon, saying that these issues have taken precedence over political, financial, and social concerns.

It expressed in a statement after its weekly meeting its fear that the international community will consider the Rafik Hariri International Airport as unsafe.

They also voiced their concern that the Bekaa may slip into sectarian strife in light of the recent kidnappings and shootings in the area.

Arsal municipal chief Ali al-Hujairi and two of his companions were wounded while a man was killed when their convoy came under fire in the Bekaa town of al-Labweh on Sunday, shortly after they took part in a hostage swap that took place in Ras Baalbek.

The General Secretariat noted that the frequency of unrest in Lebanon increased after Hizbullah announced its involvement in the fighting in Syria, warning that the security incidents in Lebanon may return the country to civil war.

The party's involvement has also placed Lebanon in a confrontation with the international community seeing as the European Union has already blacklisted Hizbullah's military wing as a terrorist organization.

Hizbullah is risking leading Lebanon towards a confrontation with NATO after the recent abduction of two Turkish pilots, seeing as Turkey is a member of the organization, added the March 14 camp.

Lebanon's ties with the Gulf Cooperation Council are already strained over the recent measures it took against Hizbullah over its fighting in Syria, it remarked.

“Lebanon's overwhelming majority does not seek a confrontation with the international community and it is its duty to confront attempts to usurp the country by a group that is placing its interests and regional ones above Lebanon's,” it added.

“Ending this fateful crisis requires a general national stand that restores Lebanese collaboration that transcends regions, parties, and sects similar to what took place in 2005 when Lebanese unity ended Syria's hegemony over the country,” it stressed.

“The Lebanese people, who have endured the suffering of civil war and Israeli and Syrian occupations, will not surrender to despair and their right to coexistence that is built on respecting the other,” it said.

A Turkish pilot and co-pilot were kidnapped by gunmen on Friday.

The attack prompted Turkey to issue a travel warning urging its citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to Lebanon and those already present in the country to leave.

The relatives of Lebanese pilgrims held in Syria's Aazaz region were quick to deny having any links to the abduction, but one of the relatives, Mohammed Saleh, was arrested on Sunday over links to the incident.

The relatives in return threatened to block the airport road should he be kept in custody.

The families of the pilgrims have repeatedly accused Turkey of being responsible for the release of their loved ones, warning that they will target Turkish interests in Lebanon in order to pressure Ankara to resolve the case.

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Missing ghzayel 14 August 2013, 15:31

as usual march 14 folks are always reacting instead of acting preemptively. the airport and most dahieh areas have been for a long time under heavy hezballa shia control, this is old news for everybody and the lebanese authorities can do nothing about that.

until they figure a radical way on the ground to change the beirut airport statu quo, the 14th of march folks can plan finance and start building another airport in a neutral area that would be solely under the control of the lebanese authorities; an airport where they and all the tourists and emigrants coming to lebanon could feel safe using.

Missing ghzayel 15 August 2013, 09:58

ya fc (just a clarification)
you got me all wrong man!!! iran and syria are not my favorite destinations and i dont know about you???

i said :'until they figure a radical way on the ground to change the beirut airport statu quo..." and this is basically what you are suggesting on your second paragraph.

i wish more than you do this could happen yesterday before today but i dont see it coming any time soon with such weak governments and law enforcement authorities.

Thumb cedre 14 August 2013, 15:51

they should not fear, they should hope the airport is labelled unsafe. It will be a catalyst to solve some internal troubles. Suleiman/Salam/Kahwaji cannot decide themselves to act against HA/M8... Arabs, Turks boycot Lebanon. When European will stop coming, then the governement will have an excuse to retake control of Beirut airport...

Default-user-icon Antwan (Guest) 14 August 2013, 15:57

Just Build A new Airport and make it beautifull.

Default-user-icon Wudyu Bliez (Guest) 14 August 2013, 16:06

7otto 3an ja7shetkon

Missing ___-wolf-___ 14 August 2013, 17:14

Who needs the Europeans , US , the KSA & the GCC states ... Take them all hostages or kick them out of our Cedar Country !
Stop you lebanese playing as a second Sri Lankan or Indian slaves to these so called Masters' !!! Your Lebanese compatriots will support you like they did during the Civil War back in the 70's & 80's even to this day. ! We don't need them ! Stuff them ! We as Lebanese will survive , just kick out ALL Refugees towards the Israeli borders' ....
Signed Wolf !!!

Missing anonymetexasusa 14 August 2013, 20:26

To talk about what Southern.
Please clarify what Hezbollah is offering.
Hezbollah has made clear that he will not discuss the subject of handing over his weapons to the state.
Hezbollah's idea of defensive strategy is to keep his sectarian armed militia, keep command & control over that militia, will keep all decision making regarding use of sectarian militia to himself - will not share it with neither gov, nor any other Lebanese party.
Hezbollah has made it clear he will not disengage from the Syrian conflict.
Hezbollah has made it clear that his objectives are no longer restricted to defending Lebanon, but now has expanded to include "Liberating Palestine".
So tell me really Southern is Hezbollah really want to talk or just give orders and expect other Lebanese to follow. Cause he will be utterly disappointed.

Missing anonymetexasusa 14 August 2013, 20:35

On the other hand the President has put forward a very reasonable proposal to get out of this mess and asked all parties to embrace it, and majority of Lebanese favor his Proposal & M14 has accepted that proposal. Would Hezbollah embrace the President's proposal? From M8 loud criticism it doesn't look like they would.

Missing anonymetexasusa 14 August 2013, 20:59

FC
When talking to a Hezbollah supporter like Southern - don't ry to convince them - as they will never be convinced, and will never admit that they are wrong.
Always remember that this is a forum for other free thinking Lebanese to read. So my advice to you is to focus on exposing how false & irrational Hezbollah supporters statements are, and the free thinking Lebanese including many Lebanese Shiaa will judge who is making sense or not.

Missing ___-wolf-___ 14 August 2013, 21:56

FC
I don't give a damn about Iran, Syria , Israel, Turkey , Saudi Arabia, or the GCC states but Lebanon !
Signed Wolf !!!