BEIRUT: The head of General Security slammed criticism of the Lebanese Army Thursday, as the military is engaged in renewed clashes with Syrian militants across the outskirts of Arsal.
“There is nothing easier than for a person to criticize the Army while sitting under air conditioning," Abbas Ibrahim said via General Security’s Twitter account. "We do not respond to false allegations and slander.”
Ibrahim said that while the country was in danger, security services were obligated to put themselves in harm’s way.
“We sensed the danger since the day we assumed the responsibility,” he tweeted.
Ibrahim said the security forces would persist no matter what sacrifices needed to be made.
The Lebanese Army clashed with Syrian rebels Thursday after the military shelled the militants' hideouts in the outskirts of the northeastern border region of Arsal.
The fighting erupted after an Army vehicle came under fire in Al-Rahwe, prompting soldiers to return fire, a security source said, denying reports of casualties.
The Army rushed reinforcements to the village to prevent a militant advance, the source added.