Ghosn Urges Officials to Stop Tampering with Lebanon's Security

Caretaker Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn called on officials to stop meddling in the country's security, pointing out that the country will most likely fall into sedition if the clashes in the northern city of Tripoli weren't controlled by the army.

“The army is playing an important role in the northern city... It was granted the green light by the political power to do what is necessary,” Ghosn said in comments to Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3)on Wednesday.

On Tuesday fierce clashes took place in the northern city after as the Arab Democratic Party declared an open battle and warned that it “will not let Tripoli sleep.”

Ghosn called on officials to assume their responsibilities and lift the political cover off those who are meddling in the city's security.

“The clashes in Tripoli are a mere reflection of the developments in the neighboring country Syria,” he noted.

The army has been deployed in the area since the outbreak but has failed to halt the fighting in the town, where clashes have frequently broken out since the March 2011 beginning of the conflict in neighboring Syria.

Clashes have often pitted residents of the Sunni district of Bab el-Tebbaneh against those from the neighboring Alawite area of Jabal Mohsen.

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