Army chief hits back at Bassil over Syrian migrant influx


In his first response ever against the Free Patriotic Movement’s repeated criticism, Army Commander General Joseph Aoun has snapped back at FPM chief Jebran Bassil over remarks related to the new Syrian migrant influx into Lebanon.

“We are hearing some voices that are questioning the army’s role in protecting the border based on known political stances,” Aoun said.

“We have not seen those supporting the army but rather trying to obstruct its work … We have not witnessed active participation by them in addressing the Syrian refugee crisis and they did not send their ministers to Cabinet,” the army chief added.

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