BEIRUT: Hezbollah MP Ali Miqdad slammed Thursday critics of his group’s decision to step up security measures in Beirut’s southern suburbs following a recent car bombing that killed 30 people.
“I am surprised with those denouncing Hezbollah’s security measures,” Miqdad, a member of the Loyalty to the Resistance parliamentary bloc, told the Sawt Al-Shaeb radio station.
Is it required that the country remain open to terrorism?” he asked.
“Where were the critics when hundreds of tons of weapons were being smuggled into Lebanon?” he added.
Earlier this week, the Future parliamentary bloc slammed the security measures taken by Hezbollah in light of the car bombing of Aug. 15 in Ruwaiss, a Hezbollah stronghold.
Hezbollah erected checkpoints and its members inspected cars entering neighborhoods.
In July, a similar attack targeted the neighborhood of Bir al-Abed, also in the Beirut’s southern suburbs, wounding dozens of people.
The opposition bloc described the security steps as militia-like practices.
Miqdad said that “every Lebanese, not just Hezbollah or security institutions, should act as guards to protect this country.”