Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc Tuesday urged political and security officials to adopt an “effective plan” that draws an end to the ongoing violence in the northern city of Tripoli, demanding the penalization of “those who failed in controlling the situation.”
“We call on political and security authorities to quickly act to end the crime taking place in Tripoli and to implement an effective security plan,” the bloc stated after the MPs' weekly meeting at the Center House.Full Story
Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat on Tuesday urged an end to the fighting in Tripoli, noting that any attempt to affect the course of battles in Syria through igniting the situation in the northern city is futile.
“As major world powers stand idly by regarding the martyrs that are falling everyday across Syria, and given their inability to reach a common vision on the implementation of the desired political solution that aims to rescue the Syrian people, igniting the fire in the city of Tripoli will not change the equations of the complicated and worsening Syrian situations,” Jumblat said in a press release.Full Story
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea stated on Tuesday that Hizbullah is “getting out of control,” urging the president of the republic and the premier-designate to “announce that they are in charge of things.”
"We are in front of two options which are either to go along with Hizbullah or to act taking into consideration the Lebanese people's higher interests through the formation of a salvation cabinet,” Geagea said in an interview with the Central News Agency.Full Story
Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun on Tuesday said the Constitutional Council “cannot but accept” the challenges filed against the extension of parliament's term, calling for the replacement of security officials over the dire security situation in Tripoli.
“We extensively discussed the challenge we have filed and the possible effects should it be accepted. We agreed that as is the case with any vacant seat, elections would have to take place within 60 days and the parliament would be dissolved,” Aoun said after the weekly meeting of the Change and Reform parliamentary bloc in Rabiyeh.Full Story
Caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour on Tuesday stressed that Lebanon cannot accept that Hizbullah be labeled as a “terrorist organization,” noting that Lebanon is still committed to the so-called self-dissociation policy.
Ahead of leaving Beirut for Cairo, where he will take part in an extraordinary meeting for Arab foreign ministers on Wednesday, Mansour said: “The meeting will be focused on the Syrian issue and the latest developments in this regard.”Full Story
Caretaker leader of the Syrian National Coalition George Sabra on Tuesday urged Speaker Nabih Berri to open “humanitarian corridors” to evacuate the wounded in the neighboring country's border town of a-Qusayr.
"There are more than 1000 wounded persons in al-Qusayr, 400 of them are in critical conditions, and we do not have enough support in the town to heal these people,” Sabra explained in a videotaped speech posted online.Full Story
Hizbullah on Tuesday accused the Syrian opposition of seizing control of the Syrian town of Qusayr with the aim of "attacking the resistance from behind its back."
"The thing that is immunizing and strengthening the resistance is the harmony among all the political forces that have embraced the path of resistance, and this is what's bothering the other partners in the country, who have been trying to drive a wedge or stir discord in order to infiltrate through and achieve their plot,” head of Loyalty to Resistance bloc MP Mohammed Raad said.Full Story
Army units on Tuesday launched a crackdown on gunmen in Jabal Mohsen and started removing barricades and sandbags from the Tripoli neighborhood, ahead of taking the same measures in the adjacent districts.
Abdul Latif Saleh, spokesman for the Arab Democratic Party, the main political and military force in Jabal Mohsen, welcomed the step but demanded a similar crackdown in the rival neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh.Full Story
Unidentified gunmen kidnapped at gunpoint on Tuesday Three Syrian nationals in the Baalbek area of Sarine, the state-run National News Agency reported.
According to the news agency, the armed men were in a black Jeep Cherokee.Full Story
Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel revealed Tuesday that the majority of fighters in the northern city of Tripoli are no longer following the orders of their leaders.
“Most of the gunmen in Tripoli are acting on their own and have gone out of the politicians’ willingness ... to end strife,” Charbel told reporters ahead of chairing a meeting of the Central Security Council.Full Story