Charbel from Tripoli: Security Plan Aimed at Protecting City from Local, External Threats

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Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel urged on Wednesday all powers to cooperate in implementing a security plan in the northern city of Tripoli, similar to other plans in other areas in Lebanon that are aimed at ending the phenomenon of autonomous security.

He said after a Central Security Council meeting: “The Tripoli security plan is aimed at protecting it from local and external threats.”

He criticized the presence of rival gunmen in the city, who are mainly situated in the Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen neighborhoods.

He wondered how the residents of Tripoli expect the security forces to protect them while gunmen frequently get embroiled in armed clashes.

“The gunmen cannot fight each other and later demand that security forces protect the city from bomb threats,” remarked the minister.

He therefore stressed the need for reconciliation among the residents, which will be preceded by a development plan in the city.

Charbel noted however that reconciliation and development cannot be achieved in Tripoli without security.

“We hope all sides will cooperate in order to end our current crisis,” he added.

He explained that the Tripoli security plan calls for the army to intervene between the rival gunmen and the security forces to protect the city from bomb attacks.

On August 23, 45 people were killed and over 800 wounded in a twin explosions in Tripoli.

The blasts targeted the Taqwa and al-Salam mosques as worshipers were performing weekly prayers.

Earlier on Wednesday, Charbel told An Nahar daily that he received word on Tuesday that Hizbullah decided to remove its security checkpoints in the southern town of Nabatiyeh, paving the way for the army to take over security in the area.

He told the daily: “Hizbullah no longer has any checkpoints in Lebanon.”

Moreover, he denied allegations that Hizbullah had set up checkpoints around the Palestinian refugee camp of Bourj al-Barajneh located in its stronghold of Dahieh in Beirut's southern suburbs.

“Only the official security forces have set up checkpoints around the camp,” he told the daily.

Meanwhile, sources told An Nahar that a Hizbullah delegation that had recently met with Army Commander General Jean Qahwaji had stressed to him the party's “greatest level of cooperation in implementing the security plan in Dahieh and other regions, including the Bekaa area of Baalbek.”

On September 23, around 1,000 army troops and security forces deployed in Dahieh where Hizbullah normally keeps a tight grip on security.

The security points were established after car bombings in the area killed 27 people on August 15 and wounded more than 50 on July 9.

Following the bombings, Hizbullah turned the southern suburbs into a fortress with guards in civilian clothes policing the streets, stopping and searching cars, and asking motorists for their identity cards.

Comments 6
Thumb primesuspect 02 October 2013, 08:01

he seems so sure of this, would he bet his head on it? I highly doubt it.

this expired minister got stoned and lynched by the terroristas in Dahya a couple of months ago.

Thumb general_puppet 02 October 2013, 08:54

"Charbel revealed that he received word on Tuesday that Hizbullah decided to remove its security checkpoints in the southern town of Nabatiyeh"... how nice, you are the Interior Minister but the Iranian militia makes the decision.

Nasrallah stop hiding in your bunker, come out and take your thugs back to Iran. You will be closer to your beloved master the Ayatollah and don't forget to to take your on-line pom-pom waiving cheerleaders.

Thumb Roaring-FlameThrower 02 October 2013, 09:10

Once again the Islamic Secular Resistance aka HA (Hussain Army) has shown its unequivocal respect and support for the state and its institutions by "telephoning" the Minister of Interior and "informing" him that it has removed all its checkpoints from inside Lebanese territories. The resistance contrary to many claims is only interested in checkpoints in Syria to check the IDs of harriri-Gaegaee takfiris who are amassing at the borders ready to invade. The resistance always abides by the law and has its sights set on higher objectives such as: liberating Homs, Aleppo, Bahrain, and ensuring that Damascus does not fall in the hands of the minority Sunnis backed by the tyrants of the GCC. God Bless Sayyed Al Moqawaleh and give him a very long healthy life.

Thumb Roaring-FlameThrower 02 October 2013, 09:10

Moqawameh # Moqawaleh

Thumb Roaring-FlameThrower 02 October 2013, 09:21

I, Roaring-FlameThrower, aka as RFT want on behalf of the Lebanese people to extend my deepest gratitude to the Islamic Secular Resistance and its cabinet for one more achievement that every other cabinet has failed to achieve. The Lebanese passport is now among the ten worst passports to hold in the world according to the respected Henley & Partners guide. Among the list are: Iraq, Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan, and Sri Lanka. I consider myself one of the lucky ones who holds dual nationality. My Sri Lankan passport is now ranked higher than my Lebanese passport. Bless you Sayyidجواز-السفر-اللبناني-بين-العشرة-الأسوأ

Default-user-icon surprise ? (Guest) 02 October 2013, 11:45

hezbollah needing more fighters in syria? or are they preparing for a "michel-aoun-sponsored-surprise" in lebanon?