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Jumblatt’s life at risk due to stance on Assad: sources

PSP leader Walid Jumblatt speaks during a ceremony in the mountain town of Aley, southeast of Beirut, Sunday, May 6, 2012. (The Daily Star/Maher Zeineddine)

CHOUF, Lebanon: Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt’s life is in danger due to the Druze MP's harsh criticism of Syrian President Bashar Assad, sources said Friday.

The sources, who are close to Jumblatt, told The Daily Star that the life of PSP MP Akram Shehayeb is also threatened.

“The two men have taken extraordinary precautions, having received clear warnings over the past two weeks,” one source said.

“The threats have been made at different times since Jumblatt announced he was turning against the Syrian regime,” the source added.

Last month, Speaker Nabih Berri urged Lebanese authorities to take assassination threats seriously, following media reports of extremist groups plotting to kill senior politicians in the country.

A security source at the time told The Daily Star that the report of assassination plots was not new, adding that security authorities had known about it for several weeks.

The source said several leaders have been warned of the plots and urged to act appropriately.

He said the targeted officials are known to General Security and being monitored for their safety.

The source added that information indicated that in addition to political leaders, senior MPs and top political aides were among the targets of assassination plots.

 

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