Unknown Gunmen Attack al-Jadeed TV with Gunfire, Firebombs

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Unknown gunmen on Monday attacked al-Jadeed television’s headquarters in the Beirut neighborhood of Wata el-Msaytbeh, opening fire on the building, hurling Molotov bombs and setting fire to tires.

“Masked attackers assaulted the employees and burned tires after trying to storm the building,” al-Jadeed news director Mariam al-Bassam told MTV.

“Four masked gunmen opened fire outside al-Jadeed's building and hurled Molotov bombs that caused a fire in the building's entrance,” reported LBC television.

The Internal Security Forces’ Intelligence Bureau managed to arrest one of the attackers, identifying him as Wissam Alaeddine.

“According to preliminary investigations, Wissam Alaeddine, who has been arrested for attacking al-Jadeed television, has a criminal record,” al-Jadeed reported.

Al-Jadeed said Speaker Nabih Berri telephoned the channel, condemning the attack and stressing that Alaeddine is not a member of AMAL Movement.

Speaking to reporters outside al-Jadeed’s building, Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said “Wissam Alaeddine has a criminal record and he has recently been engaged in a spat with army intelligence agents.”

Charbel vowed to arrest the rest of the attackers.

For his part, Information Minister Walid al-Daouq condemned the attack during a telephone interview with al-Jadeed, calling on the judiciary to take the relevant measures.

The attack came after Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir launched a scathing attack on Hizbullah and AMAL during an interview with the station.

Comments 31
Missing justlebanese 25 June 2012, 23:01

l sara7 ya3ni l wa7ad ye7ki damero btestehlo, hala2 kel l m7atat lebneneye badda 7ar2 bas into aktar she la inkon btel3abo 3al maylayn webta3mlo men l 7abbe 2ebbe

Missing moonsear 26 June 2012, 03:03

Any attack on media outlets is refused irrespective of its positions. هذا الكلام غير مقبول اطلاقا

Missing hammoudi 26 June 2012, 03:19

justlebanese, its called non-biased reporting. Al jadeed criticize both march 8 and march 14 because they have no agenda nor a master to please. They report things without sugarcoating it for the sake of their political bloc. If only the rest of our media could be like that. Al jadeed is hated by all lebanese parties because it exposes them all, it is not secterian nor a slave.

Thumb lebneneh 26 June 2012, 16:40

@FT - no one is completely unbiased because everybody has an opinion but the better the journalist is the less they incorporate their own opinion while reporting but as far as TV stations go al jadeed is the least biased by faaaaaaaar!

Thumb thepatriot 26 June 2012, 11:42

Seems to me that Hezb and Amal people are above the law, and never end up in jail...

Default-user-icon nameless (Guest) 26 June 2012, 18:11

yeslamli ma ahdamak..inta sho 2ahrak? ya 2istefzezeh? wala jeldak 3m yur3ak?

Default-user-icon Rafif (Guest) 26 June 2012, 18:06

you're amazing justlebanese ....you spoke my mind..ana kamen 2elet byestehlo. w aslan mberi7 maken droureh lkezeb "hajamo 3layna..w jarabo yfoto, w hene 7ara2o ldwelib w ra7o" seen on the new tv cam itself

Thumb liefighter 27 June 2012, 17:33

lsenak yali badou har2

Missing damascus 25 June 2012, 23:18

the persian filth strikes again

Default-user-icon aloush torzaya (Guest) 26 June 2012, 02:21

karim fancy finding you here, I thought you we still in Lasa helping them steal church land.

Default-user-icon FromMe (Guest) 26 June 2012, 11:33

Oh, look who is talking: the epidemy of hatred and evil. The paid mouthpiece of the hizb of terror and hate is now acting as "moderator" of this blog and deciding who is off topic and whop is not. Go EF.... yourself !

Thumb _citizen_ 27 June 2012, 05:28

From Al Nahar today: "وعلى صعيد الابعاد السياسية للحادث، علمت "النهار" ان المسؤول عن "حزب الله" في بيروت "أبو علي" كحلوني حصل امس من المدعي العام التمييزي على إذن بزيارة علاء الدين، وزاره في مقر توقيفه الحالي في مستشفى بيروت.
وفيما رفضت احزاب معنية التعليق على الحادث، مشيرة الى ان التحقيقات هي التي ستكشف كل شيء، علم ان تنظيما يرأسه محمود ع. يسمى "سرايا المقاومة" مسؤول عن الاعتداء على مبنى قناة "الجديد"، وان علاء الدين وجميع من كانوا معه ينتمون الى هذا التنظيم. "

Thumb benzona 26 June 2012, 00:03

I'm sick and tired if reading such crap. These cats of terrorism are becoming a part of our daily life. Naharnet and the press should label this as terrorism, not simply as an 'attack'.hopeless country.

Default-user-icon Gabby (Guest) 26 June 2012, 01:17

He is not a member......we deny everything. So do the Hezz. They do everything and if they get caught they always deny. Now the run worst gov't ever is run by them.....nothing will happen to this guy.

Missing cedars 26 June 2012, 04:43

1- "Already has Criminal Records and attached the security forces?" Get him off the street and put him in Roumyieh for some behavior training along with the rest of the gang.
2- Start receiving donations to build more and bigger jails.

Default-user-icon Web (Guest) 26 June 2012, 07:49

Far too many hotheaded goons running amock on our streets. Put them all away. It starts by punishing the smallest crimes , like illegal parking, the cursed moto riders of beirut, petty corruption in every aspect of state life, and list is as long as the catalogue of lies we get from our politicians, most of them longstanding thugs.

Thumb liefighter 26 June 2012, 08:48

Leave him in his dream, he sees 1 straw in wahabi's eye , but not a trunk in his masters eye, kif heidi??

Missing rami 26 June 2012, 09:01

Remember when they went into the Future TV building and ransacked everything, one of them had an Amal flag wrapped up on his backpack.
Mr. Berri, why have you suddenly come upfront clearing yourself?

Once a filth always a filth.

Default-user-icon From ME (Guest) 26 June 2012, 15:58

you and your slime will be sent back to Qom

Default-user-icon The Patriot (Guest) 26 June 2012, 09:07

Berri is a liar and is the biggest ganagster in lebanon. The gunmen are well know and the names are revealed, so labeling the headeline with "unknown gunmen is false and wrong reporting".

Missing Rambo 26 June 2012, 20:38

Agree. He does it very well charismatically and politely that saw and still see many politicians fall for him over and over and reelected him as speaker of the house. I am hopeful that that is it for him, he will be kicked out this time around.

Missing 7osrom 26 June 2012, 09:39

wlawww ma kel el 3alam 3am te7re2 dwalib..

Default-user-icon Minx (Guest) 26 June 2012, 09:45

When outlaws get support from heavily armed parties to do their dirty work for them, this is what you get...As simple as that
Every party in Lebanon have (ortet ze3ran) that they do not necessary belong to them officialy so that when someone is caught, the authorities cannot pin them to the involved party, Albatal, is an az3ar paid by Amal

Default-user-icon KI (Guest) 26 June 2012, 10:00

enjoy....the hero of ashraf al nass!!!!!

Default-user-icon objectiveness (Guest) 26 June 2012, 11:44

geha, your three first lines are perfectly right!! let's pretend the attackers have nothing to do with hezbollah and amal, it is still hezb who created the idea of impunity. whatever happens now you have armed reactions and closing of the roads with burning tires...
any radicalism is bad, lets not compare

Thumb geha 26 June 2012, 15:24

although naharnet removed my post ( I do not know why!) I do agree with you.

Default-user-icon Minx (Guest) 26 June 2012, 13:37

Q: Why don't you contain and rid of these gangsters that disturb the streets every now and then and often are associated with you??

A: We do not want to do that, we need them to do the dirty work.

This is an actual conversation between a supporter of a party and the party high ranking member..

Default-user-icon Wadad (Guest) 26 June 2012, 14:19

Does anyone other than me care about this country?

Default-user-icon lawless thugs (Guest) 26 June 2012, 15:21

democracy according to march 8 .....

Default-user-icon Minx (Guest) 26 June 2012, 15:23

Wadad: We all care for this country, the problem is we are not aligned into understanding rights & obligations..These civil basics should be tought to all at a young age, the family plays huge role in that, unfortunately, most of the lebanese families are driven by tribel beliefs affecting the youngsters..The civil educational system is screwd up resulting deletion of feeling of MOUATINIEH..

Missing gcb1 26 June 2012, 22:05

Yea, go ahead and see one side of the argument. If you care too much about your country, you'd educate yourself and realize the broader picture, and that the Lebanese sectarian political and societal system is broken.

A new liberal movement that prioritizes the economy and free markets will allow the people to seek past religious and political barriers and weaken our broken and incompetent political parties. This will lead to a mass appeal from the broad population to demand more accountability from our politicians and force them to actually serve the Lebanese people rather than point fingers. Only then will we have a strong state that is able to assume a monopoly of weapons.