Security Forces Complete Deployment in Dahieh and Charbel Hopes Step Would Extend to Tripoli

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More than 1000 security forces members and soldiers deployed on Monday in Hizbullah's stronghold in the southern suburbs of Beirut, weeks after the party had adopted security measures in the area.

The army, Internal Security Forces, and General Security members set up checkpoints and took over Hizbullah's checkpoints in the area.

“The task force will finalize its deployment within 10 minutes,” Commander of Dahieh's ISF department Lt. Col. Mohammed Damen told al-Manar television around 8:30 p.m.

But minutes after, Hizbullah's leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah announced in a televised speech that the state's forces have “fully” completed their deployment in southern Beirut.

Hizbullah members left their posts to make way for the security forces, reported LBCI television.

MTV noted that security officials and Hizbullah officials held a coordination meeting away from the media spotlight.

The same source remarked that Dahieh will have six main entrances from now on, whereas al-Manar television said that 44 entrances in the region have now become under the supervision of the ISF members and the Lebanese Armed Forced.

It added, however, that the security plan won't only include checkpoints.

“It is an integrated plan that involves hot lines, communications and cooperation among three security agencies, which will also coordinate with the political parties in the region,” al-Manar detailed.

The security forces began deploying in the area on Monday afternoon, with an army unit taking over a checkpoint in the Mar Mikhael neighborhood in Dahieh at around 4:30 p.m.

Other units headed off to take over checkpoints in the the Msharrafieh and Ghobeiri neighborhoods.

Hizbullah members only left their posts after the arrival of the security forces.

Al-Jadeed television had reported that the security forces will take control of 60 entrances of Dahieh, including various alleyways.

The task force in Dahieh includes 100 General Security members, 300 soldiers and 400 Internal Security Forces personnel.

Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel later said from Dahieh: "The deployment is aimed at reassuring the people and giving them a sense of security despite the shortcomings we are suffering from."

"The residents should support the security forces and they should not doubt their competency and capabilities," he added.

"I urge the residents of Dahieh to cooperate with the security forces, who are deployed to ensure their safety," he continued.

"The problem in Dahieh and the phenomenon of autonomous security emerged because of our shortcomings," said the minister.

"The Interior Ministry serves all the people and it does not discriminate between them," he stressed.

Charbel hoped that the same security measures taken in Dahieh will be later implemented in the northern city of Tripoli, which had witnessed twin bombings targeting two mosques on August 23.

Later on Monday, the minister toured some Dahieh neighborhoods to inspect the security measures.

Asked by a reporter about the participation of the General Directorate of General Security in the plan, Charbel said: "Deploying in Dahieh is among the duties of General Security, whose members are well-trained."

Asked whether Hizbullah will take part in overseeing the plan, Charbel said: "Only security agencies will be involved in the operations room and we won't only coordinate with Hizbullah, but also with all citizens in Dahieh."

"Hizbullah members won't exist on the ground anymore and their presence had more cons than pros," Charbel noted.

The deployment in Dahieh is aimed at ending Hizbullah's measures of self-security following two deadly explosions that targeted its stronghold in the suburbs.

Among the measures taken by Hizbullah was setting up checkpoints inside and at the entrances of the suburbs.

Comments 16
Missing peace 23 September 2013, 17:23


Missing peace 23 September 2013, 17:25

as if hezbis will obey to the army if it does not suit them... they d rather shoot at them... lol

Missing ya_kord 23 September 2013, 18:12

basically H.A saved a lot of money (maintaining check points can be costly when its 24/7 on every dahyeh entrance) and now the rest of the country has to pay the bill for their protection due to H.A meddling in Syria.

Missing ya_kord 23 September 2013, 18:19

iran is a wahabi style system just like saudi. H.A is not secular or else iran would have funded amal instead of creating H.A in the 80's. its obvious if bashar was a Sunni iran wouldn't help him and saudi wouldn't have armed rebels... stop your denial plz its a a regional sectarian conflict and not anything else. religious institutions are destroying the region I

Missing peace 23 September 2013, 18:32

it is just a populist move from hezbis who looked ridiculous after the bombing in dahiye unable to secure their if something happens again they will throw the blame on the state not on them, better for their marketing and speeches!
they will not let the army do things that would go against them as usual....

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 23 September 2013, 19:07

Allowed? That is the problem. You think HA allowed the state to impose its authority while you should see it as the states right.
On a separate note I hope these measures will be implemented in tripoli and saida. Where problems have existed way before dahyeh.

Missing peace 23 September 2013, 19:10

@anonyme: the day hezbis hand over their weapons to the STATE then we can trust them and consider them lebanese and respectful of the state... the day they will PLEDGE allegiance to the lebanese flag like they did to the iranian revolution then we can trust this militia...
otherwise when they pretend to welcome the state it is pure hypocrisy as for the ESSENTIAL thing they spit on the institutions... they don't even respect the baabda declaration...

Thumb dasphinx 23 September 2013, 20:03

A big step in the right direction. Let's all hope handing over the weapons or integrating into the army is the next step on the way to become one nation again.

Missing imagine1979 23 September 2013, 20:30

Few years ago 2000 hezbollah didn't wanna hear about the army going to south lebanon after israely retreat as if the army was going there to protect israel and that what they said....
Few years later isf and army were there but in their compounds, restrained to go out, after each explostion the isf was forbited to go in before hezb finishes the cleaning and after hours they only went it to tell us it was some gaz bottle...

Missing peace 23 September 2013, 20:31

" will the Army check point stop them? " the army will let them pass... can the army go against hezbi wills? no... so........

Missing imagine1979 23 September 2013, 20:33

Do u really think hez ever trusted the state (if state there were)....
Do u really think it truts the state now?
Anyway nice gesture from the hez...

Missing imagine1979 23 September 2013, 20:34

Sorry my comment was sent multiple times

Thumb inside_manz 23 September 2013, 22:22

I dont get it M14ers??
How could this possible upset you????? The Dahieh is obviously being targeted by your FSA/Al Qeada allies, isint it??? Why would the army being deployed upset you??? You want more bombings in Lebanon??????
You guys are seriously clueless

Default-user-icon NewLebanon (Guest) 24 September 2013, 08:36

FSA/Al Qaeda are allies of M14? Your brain has been poisoned by the BS that Hassouna has been feeding you. Just because two distinct groups have a common adversary, that does not necessarily make them allies. Every M14'er I know despises Al Qaeda as much as they despise the Assad regime. Can you wrap your pea-sized brain around that?

With regard as to why it is upsetting to some M14'ers that the , it's because HA is waiting for the first breakdown of security (which they will make sure takes place) in order to say "See...we told you that the army was too weak to protect us. We need a resistance!"

Default-user-icon Hammerhead (Guest) 24 September 2013, 02:14

Multiple assassinations and HA would not even allow cameras installed. You should all Cheer for this move. You have always been advocates oh HA forces integrating into the army, well it's happening, only with a twist, the army is integrating into HA.
I repeat HA will do what they please when they please. They are in full control.

Default-user-icon NewLebanon (Guest) 24 September 2013, 08:29

Hey FT, how about I "compromise" by not punching you in the face? How about I "compromise" by not hitting on your wife? How about I "compromise" by not stealing your watch?

HA is in clear and serious violation of national and international laws and norms, and they have been for a while. If HA is actually inching toward where they should have been all along, are the rest of us supposed to feel that this is some sort of sacrifice that they're making? Give me a break, dude.