BEIRUT: The deadly clashes raging in Tripoli can only be halted through a political decision in the northern city that has so far failed to materialize, Hezbollah MP Hussein Musawi said Monday.
“We believe that if there is a political will, we will be able to bring to an end all cases of tension and confrontations, particularly in Tripoli which requires an effective political decision that has not been taken by the principle forces in the city,” he said.
“These forces are still refraining from taking the decisive decision to end the confrontation within Tripoli itself, between its neighborhoods or between Tripoli and its surroundings.”
“The matter does not require a security plan per se but rather a decision to close this file and tasking the Army and security forces to work to confront gunmen without conditions, [political] cover or interference by the judicial authorities when some of them [gunmen] have been arrested,” he added.
Ongoing clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad in Tripoli have left at least 12 killed and wounded dozens more.