Charbel Blames Deficiency of Tripoli Plan on Number of Politicians' Security Personnel

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Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel snapped back at the critics of the security plan in the northern city of Tripoli, saying top officials should support him before making any criticism of shortcomings.

In remarks to An Nahar daily published on Friday, Charbel said: “The security plan is still on and will be completed.”

“I have taken measures during a meeting at the Internal Security Forces general directorate, which are expected to lead to positive results on the ground soon,” he said.

Asked about a shortage in policemen to impose security in Tripoli, Charbel said: “Before accusing the Interior Minister, they should stand by him.”

“Let (political) personalities give up half of the (security) personnel (assigned to them) and I can guarantee you that an important number of (ISF) members can serve Tripoli and other” cities, the caretaker minister added.

Al-Mustaqbal MP Samir al-Jisr told An Nahar, however, that “there is no security plan in Tripoli.”

“It is only based on words and the (deployment) of some men … while there is an urgent need to deploy at least 600 (ISF) members,” he said.

Jisr lamented that Tripoli is witnessing shootings on citizens and infringements on public and private properties.

“There is an insistence to create chaos in Tripoli to cover the crime of the mosques,” he said, referring to two deadly explosions that targeted Sunni mosques in August.

Tripoli witnessed renewed sectarian tension on Thursday after several residents of the neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen were injured in a shooting.

Several assailants shot the Tripoli municipal workers in their feet in the area of al-Zahriyeh.

There were also limited clashes between the residents of Jabal Mohsen, who are mainly Alawites from the sect of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and Sunni Bab al-Tabbaneh, but they were quickly contained.

Tripoli has been witnessing in the past month tit-for-tat confessional attacks, a direct spillover of the Syrian war on Lebanon.

Comments 8
Thumb EagleDawn 29 November 2013, 08:13

Minister Charbel is unique in every way. Tripoli like many lebanese cities have plenty of thugs that operate unhindered. Using the mosque bombings as an excuse to cause terror and chaos in unacceptable. The culprits (Eid clan) behind the mosques bombings should be brought to justice without further delay.

Thumb lebanon_first 29 November 2013, 08:42

They tried to bring eid to justice. Bachar intervened via Frangieh the thug. Disallowed that....

Thumb Mystic 29 November 2013, 08:30

Oh cry me a river. The mosque bombings? What about the terror that Al Qaeda has spread in the city for years? The mosque bombings was a sign of desperation due to numerous sieges by the Fatah Al Islam on the small Alawite community.

Thumb sevilla 29 November 2013, 08:33


Thumb cedre 29 November 2013, 23:39

the small alawite community is more powerful than all lebanese sunnis thanks to Bashar and khamenei...

This 'sign of desperation' is actually a attempt to create civil war in the north. It was avoided thanks to LAF, but Eid and his hizbos friends will have to pay...

Thumb lebanon_first 29 November 2013, 08:38

Don't agree Charbel. The solution is not to add troops. It is to change the rules of engagements. Any gunman shooting must be shot at and killed. Any gunman not shooting must be imprisonned. Tebbaneh and Jabal mohsen should have curfew. You are treating criminal gunmen like renegade children while they should be deal with differently.

Thumb benzona 29 November 2013, 15:51

Did he say this when he personally got lapidated in Dahyé?

Dude! You have zero legitimacy and even your partners in crime disrespect you!

Thumb benzona 29 November 2013, 15:51