Ghosn Warns Tripoli Unrest 'May Lead Entire Country into Major Crisis'

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Caretaker Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn on Thursday stressed that the army is not applying political calculations in dealing with the tense security situation in Tripoli, warning that the entire country is in danger.

“The situation in the North has reached a dangerous level after security turned into a hostage in the hands of those who are tampering with people's security and lives and daring to attack the Lebanese army in a direct manner,” Ghosn said.

“Should things continue in this manner, they could lead the entire country into a major and grave crisis and it will be impossible to overcome it easily,” the minister added.

He noted that the “gunmen who are killing and terrorizing people do not represent the city of Tripoli at all and do not belong to its unique national and social fabric.”

Ghosn underlined that “those fabricating lies and rumors filled with sectarian poison -- in a bid to create a rift between a group of the Lebanese and their national army -- will not achieve their goals.”

He added that the army “will continue until the end in its measures that are aimed at restoring calm and security while executing the decisions of the political authority and performing its national duty in protecting its people to whichever community or region they might belong, without any discrimination.”

“Everything the army is doing in the North is in the interest of the region's residents before anything else and it aims to protect their security, stability and property, as the army is not acting out of political calculations and there are no objectives pushing it to act other than the higher national interest and the protection of civil peace,” Ghosn said.

Caretaker Interior Minister Charbel assured Thursday from Tripoli that the army will complete "full deployment in the city within 48 hours," urging gunmen to support the military institution's plan.

The army has launched a crackdown on gunmen in the Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen districts and raided weapons depots in both neighborhoods, but sniper activity continued in the area.

Later on Thursday, clashes spread to the heart of Tripoli for the first time since 2008.

"A major clash in Tripoli's souks broke out between Salafists (who support the revolt in Syria) and fighters loyal to Hizbullah," a security source told Agence France Presse, adding that two pro-Hizbullah fighters were wounded.

It comes after some three weeks of sectarian fighting in the flashpoint Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhoods, during which around 40 people were killed.

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

Comments 11
Thumb justice 06 June 2013, 20:50

What a face!

Thumb saturn 06 June 2013, 21:03

The Army does not have to apply any "political calculations" any longer, since it has been neutral while under fire from both sides.

Thumb jcamerican 06 June 2013, 21:37

When you arrest the leaders who are covering the fighters, they will be running.

Thumb saturn 06 June 2013, 21:51

or shoot the fighters, and the leaders won't have anyone to appeal to.

Missing peace 06 June 2013, 23:03

mad psycho....

Default-user-icon Anders ljungberg (Guest) 07 June 2013, 01:34

Hezbollah angers people because their actions in Syria is perceived as a war against Sunni
they do not think about Lebanon's peace .they plan on saving assad regardless of the consequences

Default-user-icon Truth (Guest) 07 June 2013, 01:43

Start arresting the Gang leader Hassan Nasrallah !

Missing phillipo 07 June 2013, 17:37

Very good idea, but.......surely for that you'll need divers. He has buried himself so far underground.

Default-user-icon Truth (Guest) 07 June 2013, 01:48

Some words of the Hizb political dictionary: . Unity= Cold civil war. Strife= you reject my blackmail. Dialogue= Sit with the criminal and talk, otherwise strife (refer to previous). Resistance= basij auxiliaries intent on killing to achieve their ends.

Missing phillipo 07 June 2013, 07:39

The army should close off Tripoli, move in and do from house to house looking for arms. One shot coming from a house, the house gets blown up.
One person shoots at the army, person gets killed. The resistance won't last long, and Tripoli will be free of terrorists, Salafists or whatever they want to call themselves, and the rest of Lebanon will learn a lesson.

Missing Liberation 07 June 2013, 11:07

"Caretaker Interior Minister Charbel assured Thursday from Tripoli that the army will complete "full deployment in the city within 48 hours," urging gunmen to support the military institution's plan."
Has anyone ever wondered why the Interior Minister is the one speaking on behalf of the Army??????? Shouldn't the Defense Minister be doing that??????????? Shouldn't he be meeting with the social representatives of Tripoli alongside the Interior Minister???????????? Allah yragi3 Elias Al-Mur. When people used to ask who gave the order he would say, "I DID!" But in the end they tried to get rid of him permanently because he wouldn't kneel. We can all speculate as to who tried to assassinate him!!!