BEIRUT:Arsal’s mayor and municipal council called on the Army Thursday to implement a security plan in the town, similar to the initiative in Tripoli.
“We hope that the security plan will be expanded to reach our whole region, similarly to what happened in Tripoli and the north,” said statement released by Arsal Mayor Ali Hujeiri and the council.
The statement saluted Army soldiers and commanders for Lebanese Army Day, which is Friday, and praised the Army’s efforts to secure Arsal and the country.
It called on the residents of Arsal to show patience and cooperation toward the Army’s security arrangements in region.
“We call on our people in Arsal not to lose patience because of some arrangements on Army checkpoints in Arsal, because we are sure that these arrangements are the result of security data and practical complexities in such difficult circumstances,” the statement said.
On the other hand, the statement called on the Army leadership to treat its residents equally with all other citizens.
“We hope that the Army leaderships will see all Lebanese, especially in our region, through one eye... so that the resident of Arsal does not lose trust in the only military institution in which he believes,” it said.
Earlier Thursday, the Army arrested six Syrian nationals over suspicion of belonging to Syrian rebel groups, the National News Agency reported.
The agency said four were detained at a Lebanese army checkpoint in Wadi Ain-Ata, and two at a checkpoint in Ain al-Shaab. The Six suspects were submitted to the judicial police for further interrogation.
Residents of Arsal are sympathetic to the Syrian rebels, many of whom are believed to be taking refuge in the mountainous area bordering the town.
The statement stressed that the town supported the Lebanese Army and that its people would fight against whoever “dares to harm our Army, especially in Arsal.”
“We will use this opportunity to warn the Army against the sides that intend to conspire against it.”