BEIRUT: Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel warned again Wednesday that the country is in danger as he launched a plan to increase the role of municipal police in supporting the Internal Security Forces in maintaining security.
“We are going through a dangerous phase of car blasts, assassinations and bombs... and we have to achieve preemptive security, said Charbel speaking from Beirut’s BIEL.
“I am not saying this to scare people but for them to be cautious,” he said.
The minister announced a plan to bolster cooperation between the country’s different security agencies.
“We are working on boosting coordination between all security agencies and we were able to set a coordination and cooperation plan among them,” he said.
Charbel stressed the importance of the role of municipalities in Lebanon and said they can help preserve security in the country.
“We want to get the support and help of municipalities to provide security and we hope to start implementing the plan we prepared in this regard,” he said.
The nation’s police force has long struggled to enforce laws and provide basic policing services.
Charbel has repeatedly warned that the country's recent strife is putting its future in jeopardy.
The minister’s remarks come after different regions in Lebanon were targeted by bombings and other security incidents linked to the crisis in the neighboring Syria.
In August, twin car blasts targeted the northern city of Tripoli claiming the lives of 47 people and wounding hundreds. A similar attack targeted the Ruwaiss neighborhood in the southern suburbs of Beirut in July killing 27 people.
Former police chief Ashraf Rifi said in a statement Thursday that he calls for referring the Tripoli and Beirut’s suburbs bombings to the Judicial Council, which handles crimes targeting national security.