Charbel Asks for Explosives Detection Equipment amid Call for Municipal Police Help

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Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel revealed that he asked top officials during a meeting of the Higher Defense Council for explosives detection equipment.

In remarks to An Nahar daily published Tuesday, Charbel said the conferees, who met under President Michel Suleiman at Baabda palace, tasked the finance ministry to study the cost of such a request and take the appropriate measures.

He also said that efforts are being exerted to hold a meeting for heads of municipalities in Lebanon to study the possibility of the contribution of municipal police in carrying out security patrols to help the Internal Security Forces amid a deteriorating security situation.

Charbel described the current situation as “difficult but there are possibilities to keep it under control.”

Lebanon has been witnessing a series of security incidents linked to the civil war in Syria.

Sectarian street clashes have erupted on numerous occasions in recent months. But the small-scale gunbattles have taken a turn toward car bombings in several cities.

An Nahar quoted ministerial sources as saying that the government is facing a financial problem in paying the compensations for those affected from last Friday's twin car bombings in the northern city of Tripoli and a previous attack in Beirut's southern suburbs.

The sources estimated the cost of the compensations at LL76 billion.

Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati has announced that 222 housing units have been damaged in the Tripoli bombings alone which compel the government to provide them with the appropriate housing.

Comments 7
Missing coolmec 27 August 2013, 08:38

Hey Lebanese politicians
I tell you how to handle the financial problems.
1- Quit pilfering the state coffers
2- Enforce payments for electricity, water , taxes etc.. on ALL Lebanese
3- Exhibit transparency in all expenses paid and show where the state's money is going
I am convinced most of our state's financial problems can be handled specially if 1- above is enforced

Missing lebguy 27 August 2013, 13:01

Well put coolmec

Missing samiam 27 August 2013, 13:42

The US has been fabricating evidence since the Spanish American war in 1898--nothing new.

Missing samiam 27 August 2013, 15:08

lol--calling other people names that don't support your scheme. I am surprised you didn't call them zionists which is the typical hizb iran way.

and you wonder why I believe you are 12

Missing samiam 27 August 2013, 15:10

too easy until mowaten brings his zionist reasons for not having one. it could be done gradually too covering the highways and major thoroughfares first and then extending it to where it is needed.

Default-user-icon ias (Guest) 28 August 2013, 12:36

not all explosive detectors are scams. Those who look like antenna are. They're the ones that were subject of the international scandals.

Default-user-icon wot (Guest) 28 August 2013, 12:39

From ignorant Lebanese who did not know that the 'antenna' devices were fake, to ignorant Lebanese who think ALL explosive detectors are scams... When are we going to learn?!