BEIRUT: The four Hezbollah members indicted in the 2005 assassination of Rafik Hariri will be stopped at any checkpoint in the southern suburbs of Beirut, according to caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel.
The minister made the remarks in an interview to be published by the French-language Magazine and an Arabic publication, al-Usbou al-Arabi, according to the National News Agency.
He was commenting on the deployment of military, police and security personnel in the suburbs this week.
“The focus will be on preventing the entry of explosives into the suburbs, but if the four people wanted by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon pass through a checkpoint, they will be detained,” Charbel said.
The security crackdown in the suburbs came after two car bomb attacks shook the Hezbollah stronghold earlier this summer.
“The airport road is now safe,” Charbel said, referring to a stretch of highway that often sees closures by residents of the suburbs, angry about electricity cuts or political developments that target Hezbollah.