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Machnouk, Salafist sheikh discuss Tripoli security

A Lebanese flag flutters from a residential building with a bullet-riddled facade due to fighting between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Ibrahim (LEBANON - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

BEIRUT: Salafist Sheikh Dai al-Islam al-Shahhal warned Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk Friday that any "violations" during the implementation of the security plan in Tripoli could ignite strife.

The two met to discuss security in Tripoli following the deployment of the Lebanese Army and security forces and the arrest of suspected gunmen.

Shahhal, a prominent Salafist figure, voiced support for the plan, so long as it was implimented “in the right way.”

“We hail anyone who wants to implement the security plan in the right way, from the officials to the young people of Tripoli,” he said following the meeting. “However, we warn that any violations could ignite strife."

“We are working to calm the situation and at the same time we want a balanced plan. We cannot accept any injustice toward Tripoli and its sons,” Shahhal added.

The Lebanese Army made more arrests in Tripoli overnight, raising the number of the detainees to at least 125 since the security plan aimed at restoring stability in the northern city began earlier this week.

In a statement issued late Thursday, the Army said it apprehended 17 more suspects, including four Syrians.

The army added that it seized 13 motorcycles, in addition to same weapons, ammunition, and military equipment.

The Army began implementing a security plan drawn up by Lebanon’s Higher Defense Council on Tuesday morning to restore peace in the city torn by nearly twenty rounds of violence linked to the Syria crisis.

 

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Salafist Sheikh Dai al-Islam al-Shahhal warned Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk Friday that any "violations" during the implementation of the security plan in Tripoli could ignite strife.

The two met to discuss security in Tripoli following the deployment of the Lebanese Army and security forces and the arrest of suspected gunmen.

The Lebanese Army made more arrests in Tripoli overnight, raising the number of the detainees to at least 125 since the security plan aimed at restoring stability in the northern city began earlier this week.


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