BEIRUT: Caretaker Social Affairs Minister Wael Abu Faour said Tuesday he would file a lawsuit against the perpetrators behind the murder of children in the northern city of Tripoli, saying such senseless killing was no longer acceptable.
In a news conference, Abu Faour referred to an article published in two local newspapers with a photo showing two people in a truck including a 12-year-old killed by sniper fire.
Deadly clashes in the embattled city of Tripoli, Lebanon’s second largest city, killed 13 people since the classhes erupted last week. Among the casualties were a 16-year-old and a 12-year-old boy.
“The picture that some newspapers published showing two Lebanese children killed by sniper fire in Bab al-Tabbaneh is the reason behind the conference because such an act is no longer unacceptable,” Abu Faour said.
“As the head of the Higher Council for Childhood, I will personally file a law suit against the killing of children in Tripoli,” the minister said.
“While the perpetrator is unknown, those who give out the orders are known and there is no difference between field commanders and their bosses,” he added.
The lawsuit would be against those behind the killing of the two children in Tripoli during the clashes, in accordance with the results of the investigations. They would be punished under Article 548 of the Penal Code.
Abu Faour said there are 3,122 families living under the poverty line in Tripoli and 1,157 in Al-Mina, bringing the total number of families suffering from the ongoing clashes in Tripoli to 4,279 families.
“That is an alarming signal,” he said.
“I know very well the reason behind what is happening in Tripoli today, that is the bombings that killed 50 innocent Lebanese, but what is happening to Tripoli's children should not be allowed,” he said.