Lebanon News

Officials draft security plan for Tripoli, Syrian border area

Sleiman chairs the meeting of the Higher Defense Council in Baabda.

BEIRUT: Top security officials gathered Wednesday to discuss a security plan for Tripoli and Lebanon’s border with Syria, in an effort to contain the fallout from the Syrian crisis.

A security plan will be passed by the Cabinet Thursday, the state-run National News Agency said, without elaborating.

The meeting of the Higher Defense Council was chaired by President Michel Sleiman. Its decisions are usually classified.

Lebanon has been rocked by a series of rocket attacks and bombings linked to the crisis in Syria. Rebel groups who claim responsibility for the attacks cite Hezbollah’s involvement in the Syria conflict.

The northern and eastern borders have also allegedly served as conduits for car bombs and rebel fighters to enter Lebanon.

The influx of refugees has also continued unabated, with recent battles between rebels and the Syrian regime backed by Hezbollah in the border province of Yabroud.

Army Chief Gen. Jean Kahwagi, Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Defense Minister Samir Moqbel, Internal Security Forces chief Ibrahim Basbous and Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, the director of General Security, also attended the meeting.

No additional details were released on the meeting. Senior officials who were present did not respond to requests for comment.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 27, 2014, on page 3.




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