Rifi Urges Miqati to 'Stop the Crime' in Tripoli or Leave

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Former Internal Security Forces chief Maj. Gen. Ashraf Rifi on Sunday called on caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati to “raise the voice” to stop the deadly clashes in Tripoli or leave his post.

“We had previously warned the state's political and security officials over the dangerous situation that might arise from leaving things in Tripoli to the chaos of the weapons that were planted by the Syrian regime and its allies in the city,” Rifi said in a statement.

He accused Miqati of carrying on with the policy of “burying his head in the sand of this conspiracy, which is being implemented in cold blood and which has led to the death of hundreds of innocents, not to mention the wounded and the economic damage.”

“What are you waiting for, Mr. Prime Minister?” Rifi added, urging Miqati to go to Tripoli, “raise the voice and take the decision to stop this crime, or else Tripoli will not accept less than your departure, you and all the negligent security and political officials.”

The ex-ISF chief also condemned what he described as “the suspicious conduct of some security officials who are standing idly by in the face of the assault on Tripoli.”

“We will not stop following up on the case of the blasts that hit the al-Salam and al-Taqwa mosques. Our demand is justice and the bringing of the assailants and perpetrators to court to hold them accountable,” Rifi said.

“With the same insistence, we categorically reject the practices of shooting innocents in the legs,” Rifi added, referring to the recent attacks against Jabal Mohsen residents in central Tripoli.

Deadly clashes between the rival neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen renewed on Sunday, leaving several people dead and dozens others wounded, after nine people were killed and at least 40 others were wounded overnight, including soldiers.

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Thumb geha 01 December 2013, 17:11

until the perpetrators of the twin bombings are arrested, this situation is going to continue escalating in Tripoli.
as long as the state does not do what they should be doing there will be no peace in Tripoli.
and most probably, this time round it will extend to all of Lebanon.

Thumb _mowaten_ 02 December 2013, 11:04

you mean as long as there are sectarian hypocrites like you and rifi?

“We had previously warned the state's political and security officials over the dangerous situation that might arise from leaving things in Tripoli to the chaos of the weapons that were planted by the Syrian regime and its allies in the city,” Rifi said

hearing him makes it sound like there's only one side armed, rifi completely ignores the other, when it's been weeks that we all saw the gratuitous attacks against random alawite citizens just because of their religion. i'm disgusted to see that such a hypocrite and sectarian hater was head of internal security forces in my country.

Thumb _mowaten_ 02 December 2013, 11:08

btw, rifi has a steady record of systematic failure in the field he was in charge of, security. for years and years he watched doing nothing while political figures were being killed, the country infected with spies and agents, and qaeda building a rear base here.
and still if it had been up to him he could still be clinging to his chair past his retirement age. what nerve he has to speak this way to miqati. i dont care much about miqati, but at least he already resigned

Thumb sevilla 01 December 2013, 17:17

Now, wait for flamethrower to come on here and pour his sectarian attack on Riffi. Is there anything in his speech that any real Lebanese would object to?

Thumb geha 01 December 2013, 17:22

don't you know that for m8 the truth is not acceptable!
this is what they are fighting us for: samaha is their hero and not a terrorist paid by his master bashar to place 24 bombs! ali eid and his party are saint that just happened to have blown up two mosques killing and injuring over 500 persons!
these m8 guys cconsider that the families of the injured in Tripoli are all al Qaeda members for defending themselves against the syro/Iranian militias.

Thumb cedre 01 December 2013, 19:28

thank you geha, thanks a million, +1.
For m8 and khomeynists, every sunni in syria or lebanon not bowing to Iran is a takfiri that must be eliminated.

Thumb sevilla 01 December 2013, 17:32

what do you mean by "there"? He is a political leader and a resident of Tripoli. Do you have any objection to this FACT, Mr. "the fact"?

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 01 December 2013, 18:54

g_p.. s2al mjarib wala tis2al khabeer...he speaks from years and years of experience and first hand knowledge.. respect..

Thumb general_puppet 01 December 2013, 18:15

You mean they will bore and stupefy us in tandem… good heavens, I do not think my stomach can handle that :-((((((

Thumb general_puppet 01 December 2013, 18:31

Villager what you are missing is a brain, but no worries when Hizbullah gets into the black market organ trade, they can hook you up.

Missing tonylebanon 01 December 2013, 20:39

I have a better idea, why don't all the officials we have hop on a boat and leave lebanon. We will all be better off...

Missing --karim_m2-- 01 December 2013, 20:55

Thankfully Rifi and his incompetence are no longer head of the ISF. Never was Lebanon's security more vulnerable than when Rifi was around.

Missing peace 01 December 2013, 21:16

sure now we have security in lebanon thanks to M8 right? LOL !!!!

Thumb benzona 01 December 2013, 21:49

M8ers are so hateful people that they spit on their own kind, lastest victim is the Mikati, Aoun and others are humilating. That's how bad and unpatriotic these people are. Sure, there's nothing to be proud of as our current PM made his billion in Syria's telecoms, he's got very little charisma, but weaking the state further WITHOUT offering an alternative is shameful and unpatriotic not to mention extremely dangerous. Perhpas, it would be smarter to camp in front of his home and office rather than complaining in the local media.

Thumb benzona 01 December 2013, 21:54

et si le gars avait recu un avertissement qui menacerait son institution et le pays entier? et s'il s'en melait, il y aurait de graves repercussions.... on ne voit que la pointe de l'iceberg. if i were in lebanon, i'd be able to tell you more about it as i have access to these people... so i'm not going to elaborate on speculations.

you should be proud of sit bahiye, a woman!!! your employer aoun is too much of a machiste to sponsor his daughters... not to mention your ninja allies in Dahye....which is like vegas. what happens there stays there.

Thumb benzona 01 December 2013, 22:47

Rifi for president!!!!!! euh no, i mean prime minister ;-) 1o1

Thumb cedre 02 December 2013, 02:16

15 deaths and army not yet deploying the m60s...

Thumb Senescence 02 December 2013, 02:34

cedre, doesn't Tripoli hate the army for undoing Assir and his gang and regularly attack the Army? That's what I've understood from the Lebanese TV stations.

Btw, Marwan Charbel says it's political cover preventing the Army from deploying, but I don't know what he's talking about. Mind filling me in?

Default-user-icon JCWilliams (Guest) 02 December 2013, 04:37

I will take over your country and promise to deal with the perpetrators of evil at the source, firmly in an extra-judicial manner. I promise to dispense summary justice with no possibility of appeal. I have no stake in the matter and do not care if it is M8 or M14 that must be killed. Don't be sad if some of your friends , family or acquaintances are executed. It will be for the good of the State and social order. I will do it for free. This is what happens when you spoil your children and raise them on falsehood. Instead you should have been making them do the right thing and teaching them to live responsibly instead of blaming others for their own failures and stupidity..