BEIRUT: Metn MP Sami Gemayel asked the government Sunday to explain the reasons for failing to enter a neighborhood in the Bekaa where an explosion ripped off through a four-story building, killing three people and injuring others. Gemayel questioned the state’s authority over its territories in light of last week’s explosion of a Hezbollah arms depot that killed three of its members. Minutes after the explosion, Hezbollah personnel cordoned off the area and banned anyone from entering the site of the explosion for several hours. “Where is sovereignty? Where is the judiciary and the state’s authority over its territories when the state is being banned from carrying out an investigation and entering the site of an explosion that killed and injured people,” Gemayel said. Speaking in a Kataeb Party gathering in north Lebanon, Gemayel said that Hezbollah continues to place barriers against the state’s authority over its territories despite claiming otherwise. “They tell us that Beirut’s southern suburbs is open to everyone, but when an explosion occurs it is completely blocked and no one is allowed to enter, even the judicial and security forces,” he added.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on October 08, 2012, on page 4.