BEIRUT: Lebanon will not slide into civil war despite attempts to fuel strife in the country, General Security head Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim said in remarks published Thursday.
“I stress that despite attempts aimed at dragging the country into strife, Lebanon will not fall into civil war,” Ibrahim told the local daily Al-Joumhouria.
Ibrahim warned that “danger still exists” but stressed that it is the duty of security agencies to make every effort to confront it.
“Unfortunately, Lebanon is passing through a dangerous phase and Lebanon is being targeted,” he said.
Ibrahim said he believed that any Lebanese politician is a likely target of assassination by elements looking to destabilize the country.
Sectarian violence has surged in Lebanon recently, linked to the war in Syria where President Bashar Assad is fighting a predominantly Sunni uprising and Hezbollah has sent fighters to help Assad’s forces.