BEIRUT: Lebanon’s General Security head Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim assured Wednesday that the country will not fall into a security crisis, but warned against the possibility of a bombing occurring at any moment.
“Explosions could happen at any moment, despite all measures of cautiousness and preventive security,” said Ibrahim, talking to the General Security magazine.
However, he assured that the country is not likely to dive into wider insecurity.
“Lebanon is part of a boiling region, but it is warm. But it is not boiling thanks to the work of the General Security and other security forces,” he said.
He stressed that the whole world is facing the same threat, which is terrorism, and its suppression it by one state benefits all others.
“The threat we are facing is faced by any country in the world,” he said. “When we fight terrorism in Beirut, we are also defending Tokyo, Berlin and Paris, and any targeted capital.”
Lebanon had been facing a highly tensed security situation for more than a year, with fundamentalist groups from the country and abroad performing suicide bombings in Shia neighborhoods near Beirut, as well as attacks on Army troops in the Bekaa and Tripoli.
A clash emerged Saturday in Arsal, an eastern town bordering Syria, after militants from groups fighting in Syria attacked Army bases attempting to take over the mostly Sunni-village.
Confrontations have continued despite truce attempts, killing 17 Army soldiers and at least 12 civilians. A cease-fire was reached Tuesday night after negotiations by a delegation from the Muslim Scholars Committee and militants, resulted in the release of six abducted security force members, three ISF and three soldiers.
However, the cease-fire was breached by an assault on the Army Wednesday, prompting the latter to resume its military campaign against the extremist jihadists.