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Charbel says taking steps to protect political figures

File - Interior Minister Marwan Charbel leaves the Parliament in Beirut, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Security measures are being taken to protect Lebanese political figures facing death threats, caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said in remarks published Sunday, after a report over the weekend said caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati was a target for assassination.

“Security forces are taking measures in coordination with several figures who are threatened with assassination in Lebanon, including Najib Mikati,” Charbel told pan-Arab Ash-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper.

“[Security forces] are also taking measures on the level of the entire country to preserve the safety of citizens,” he said.

Charbel refused to name those facing assassination threats, saying all politicians equally faced the risk.

“No official is threatened more than the other and every person who deals with public affairs is threatened,” he said.

On Saturday, in response to a report he was a target for assassination, Mikati said Lebanon as a whole is under threat due to regional turmoil and the charged atmosphere locally.

The report by Al-Akhbar newspaper quoted a security communiqué warning of the possible targeting of a high-ranking political figure in either Tripoli or Beirut through the use of an explosives-rigged vehicle.

The daily said the original information listed Mikati as the target of the attack.





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