Charbel: Most Tripoli Fighters Are Acting on their Own

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Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel revealed Tuesday that the majority of fighters in the northern city of Tripoli are no longer following the orders of their leaders.

“Most of the gunmen in Tripoli are acting on their own and have gone out of the politicians’ willingness ... to end strife,” Charbel told reporters ahead of chairing a meeting of the Central Security Council.

“We can hit the gunmen with an iron fist and this issue has been discussed by the Higher Defense Council,” he said in response to a question.

“But we can't target Tripoli. The army and security forces are acting wisely,” he added.

Charbel said the "tragic" clashes in the port city will eventually end. “The situation can't remain the same.”

He saw no purpose behind the clashes which he said pitted the residents of the same city.

“I don't know what's the purpose behind the 17 rounds of fighting?” Charbel wondered.

Five people were killed since the renewed clashes between the rival neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen erupted on Sunday.

The city has so far witnessed around 17 rounds of fighting which intensified when the now more than two-year conflict erupted in Syria.

For the first time last month, supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad lobbed mortar shells and fired heavy machine guns at each other.

"Unfortunately, If you want to know what's happening in Tripoli then you should know what's going on in Syria," Charbel said about the spillover of the Syrian war into Lebanon.

Comments 6
Thumb Dimyl452 04 June 2013, 12:50

STOP lying to the people! We are NOT idiots! If both sides didn't have cover from each political faction in the country then this would be dealt with in a completely different way! I do not and i cannot believe that the army is incapable of taking care of all those thugs that are fighting in Tripoli!

Thumb lebneneh 04 June 2013, 13:22

Spread the militia-culture + make weapons available on demand = this is what you dawleh.

Bravo Hizbballah, Bravo M14 wou Bravo M8. The biggest Bravo to the Lebanese people, the sheep. Tfeh 3a heik Shaeb!

Missing peace 04 June 2013, 14:52

very good for the M8 propaganda who are saying that M14 are the source of the problems! LOL!!!!

Missing phillipo 04 June 2013, 15:16

The army should just go in and flatten every building from where even a single shot is fired at them.

Default-user-icon dddd (Guest) 04 June 2013, 15:20

this whole country is acting on its own , you and your government are also acting on your own , every party, faction, person is acting on its own! this is what Lebanon is all about, bunch of people living together without belonging together!

Default-user-icon mustapha o. ghalayini (Guest) 04 June 2013, 15:53

every maronite general eying the baabda chair acts like this