BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt welcomed the implementation of a long-awaited security plan in the northern city of Tripoli.
“The state along with the military and security forces should be firm, now more than ever, to put a decisive end to this bizarre situation, which is claiming the lives of dozens of innocent citizens for nothing,” Jumblatt wrote in his weekly opinion piece for his party’s electronic weekly Al-Anbaa.
“I salute the civil society of Tripoli, which has been continuously organizing initiatives and rallying to save the city and restore its security and stability. They are improvising peaceful means to express their rejection of the spilling of blood, the killing, the violence, and the sniping,” he added.
During its first session Thursday, the Cabinet approved the plan in a bid to end the state of chaos and sectarian fighting between gunmen in the Sunni majority Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood and their rivals in the Alawite Jabal Mohsen district.
The security plan calls for the Lebanese Army and security forces to control the situation in Tripoli by preventing the use of arms, seizing stockpiled weapons in the city and implementing judicial warrants for individuals wanted in relation to kidnappings, car thefts and forgeries in the northern Bekaa Valley area.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 01, 2014, on page 4.