File - Lebanon's Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk. (Reuters)
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Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk vowed Tuesday not to allow a single black flag with Islamic scripture to be raised in Lebanon, after one banner was removed from Tripoli's Al-Nour square, leaving the city's religious figures fuming.Earlier Tuesday, Salafist Sheikh Salem al-Rafei, who is a member of the Muslim Scholars Committee, urged the authorities not to remove a banner in Tripoli that read, "Enter in peace, safe [and secure]," after Machnouk suggested it be replaced with a more subtle Quranic verse.At 1 a.m. Sunday, Salafist-inspired MP Khaled Daher, the Muslim Scholars Committee and the city's religious leaders flocked to Tripoli's main square, where they claimed that the removal of Islamic banners served as an offense to Islamic symbols that have decorated the city since the 1980s.Deputy Kataeb Party leader and Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi called for Daher to be ousted from the March 14 bloc.Monday the controversial MP apologized, saying he didn't mean to offend Christians.
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