Charbel: Wadi Rafeq Victims Would have Been Alive if Border Better Controlled

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Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said Thursday that four men killed in the northeastern area of Wadi Rafeq would have been alive if Lebanese authorities had the manpower to control the border with Syria.

“Had the border areas been controlled, the four men wouldn't have been martyred,” Charbel said ahead of chairing a Central Security Council meeting at the ministry's headquarters.

His remark was a hint that the attackers had come from Syria.

The killing of the four men on Sunday in an ambush in Wadi Rafeq was the result of sectarian tensions caused by the spillover of the civil war raging in Syria.

Two of them are from the Jaafar clan, another from Amhaz family and the fourth is a Turkish national whose mother is a Shiite Lebanese.

The Jaafar and Amhaz clans are well-known Shiite families in the region of Baalbek and Hermel.

Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3) said that the army intelligence was on Thursday questioning a man identified as Saleh Abdullah al-Fliti on suspicion of his involvement in the assault.

VDL did not say what his nationality was.

The caretaker minister said Lebanon was in need for 50,000 security forces and around 150,000 army troops to be able to contain security incidents.

Charbel warned that “Lebanon is in danger,” appealing for “everyone's cooperation,” including the media, to salvage the country.

He said the main problem lied in turning local political differences into international problems on Lebanese soil.

The caretaker minister also defended President Michel Suleiman, rejecting his use as a scapegoat.

“Every official in the state has his authorities,” he said. “Suleiman respects the constitution and the laws.”

The president has come under criticism for referring memos to the U.N. and the the Arab League against the violation of Lebanese sovereignty by Syria's warring parties.

He took the unprecedented move after Caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour, who is close to the Hizbullah-led March 8 alliance, procrastinated in sending the memos under the excuse of studying them.

Comments 5
Missing phillipo 20 June 2013, 13:12

One of these days, the Government and the Army will wake up, but by then unfortunately, it will be too late.

Thumb lebanon_first 20 June 2013, 16:07

sleiman frangieh for interior? are you out of your mind?

Thumb ado.australia 20 June 2013, 17:01

I agree ft.

Elias el murr was the interior minister in 2001. I was there after batrak sfier visited the chouf and had mass in jamhour! The chants of "Syria out" in front of the justice ministry when el murr's men came in to destroy the small peacefull protests!

The difference is the only civil disobedience back then was christain against the Syrian occupation so a christain interior minister strong man was easy! Have a Sunni interior minister do the same this time! The difference is that last time it was saaba and he allowed the ashrafieh riots after the muhumed cartoon protests!

There is no Lebanese state in the minds of half the Lebanese! How many Lebanese know the national anthem? But I know that anyone that went to a christain school knows the anthem by heart !

Missing helicopter 20 June 2013, 17:28

Could you be clear as far as your thoughts regarding HA involvment in Syria, are you for it or against it.
If you are for it, then you should be happy the army can not control the border.
If you are against it, then it is OK to blame the army but only after blaming HA for it as well.

Missing 21 June 2013, 00:40

The_roar ::: what are you talking about. The Hizb is the one that is opposed to the Lebanese army deploying on the border. What attacks on Lebanese Shia villages are you talking about? Before the Hizb moved in to support this monstrous regime, the only attacks that hit Lebanon were from regime forces!!!