Lebanon News

Jumblatt urges probe into torched Tripoli library

In this picture released by Progressive Socialist Party media office, PSP leader Walid Jumblatt speaks during the annual general assembly gathering in Aley, Lebanon, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011. (The Daily Star, HO)

BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt called for a probe into last week's attack on a historic library in Tripoli owned by a Greek Orthodox priest.

“Although it is necessary to denounce the barbaric act at the al-Saeh Library, simply voicing another condemnation is not the best way to address Tripoli’s issues,” Jumblatt said in his weekly column published in PSP-affiliated al-Anbaa website.

“What about the information about a plot to replace the al-Saeh Library after destroying it, which is allegedly the reason for the attack?” he asked.

“This requires a transparent investigation that achieves concrete results and punishes all those involved [in the attack],” Jumblatt said.

Assailants last week torched a historic library owned by Greek Orthodox priest Father Ibrahim Srouj’s al-Saeh Library, destroying two-thirds of its 80,000 books and manuscripts.

The attack came after rumors circulated in the city, Lebanon’s second largest, that Srouj wrote an article published on the internet insulting Islam and the Prophet Mohammad.

Srouj dismissed such rumors, whilst political and religious figures defended him and mobilized to prevent renewal of tensions in the city.





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