BEIRUT: Prime Minister Tammam Salam Monday denounced recent violence in east and north Lebanon and urged politicians in Tripoli to help the Army restore security in the northern city.
Following a meeting with Army chief Gen. Jean Kahwagi, Salam urged the military to take measures to control the situation in border regions in the eastern Bekaa Valley.
“The prime minister instructed the military to take all the necessary measures to control the situation in border areas of the Bekaa [Valley] and do what is necessary to protect civilians and consolidate stability in Arsal, Labweh and nearby towns,” a statement from Salam’s office said.
Salam also condemned “terrorist bombing” in the village of Nabi Othman and offered his condolences to the families of the victims.
He also slammed “the shelling of Arsal and Labweh and the surrounding area,” saying innocent civilians were paying the price for such attacks.
Salam also urged political figures in Tripoli to fully support security forces operating in the city.
“All effective political forces in the northern capital are required to support the military and the security forces in their mission and should try their best to salvage the city and prevent the warring sides from tampering with security,” he said.
The prime minister also called on the Lebanese to exercise vigilance and wisdom “at such difficult times” and “to refuse violence and maintain contact between the sons of the same city or region.”