Mawlawi vows to curb bird and gunfire threat near airport


Caretaker Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi on Wednesday pledged that measures will be taken to limit the threats of birds and gunfire in the vicinity of Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport.

“I have tasked municipalities with taking the necessary measures regarding bird breeders in the area. As for gunfire, security forces will perform their role to rein in this phenomenon,” Mawlawi said after a meeting for the Central Security Council.

Separately, Mawlawi said “the issue of the country’s safety is a common responsibility among all security forces and citizens.”

“We are going through difficult circumstances and the infiltration of any fifth column might lead to a bad result,” the minister added.

Commenting on recent incidents in the South, Mawlawi said: “We are ready to suppress and prevent construction violations and no one can claim to have any cover.”

“There will not be any political or security cover for encroachment on public properties,” Mawlawi emphasized.

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