Lebanon News

Lebanon's Arabic press digest - Sept. 23, 2012

Lebanon's Arabic press digest.

Following are summaries of some of the main stories in a selection of Lebanese newspapers Sunday. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.


Aoun confirms he was target of “attempted assassination,” security sources deny

While Saturday was marked by glimpses of the police’s security operation combating the spree of kidnappings, another notable development was the announcement by Change and Reform bloc leader MP Michel Aoun that he faced an assassination attempt during his return from Jezzine while security sources denied any shots had been fired at his convoy in Sidon.

Aoun’s office said one of Aoun’s convoys had been shot at near the Bahaeddine Hariri Mosque in Sidon during his return from Jezzine.

While sources close to Aoun said there were no casualties in the incident, media sources close to the Free Patriotic Movement reported that the rear seat of a four-wheel-drive vehicle was hit when the convoy was fired at but said there were no causalities.

However, security sources told An-Nahar that security apparatuses in the area near the Bahaeddine Hariri Mosque did not report any shots being fired in the area nor did they file any incident as having taken place.

The sources added that relevant authorities had requested that a probe be launched and that the vehicle be inspected. However, this request was turned down.

The sources pointed out that talk of shots being fired in this specific area appeared to be an attempt to create a link between it and the protest of Sheikh Ahmad Assir in that area.

During his speech in Batroun before midnight, Aoun talked about an attempted assassination, saying: “Thank God I am perfectly healthy and the incident we encountered was a thing that we anticipated.”

He pointed out that was the target of three prior assassination attempts “and these did not succeed,”

“This is the fourth and this attempt failed but we still have not identified the culprits,” he added.


Attempted assassination of Aoun: barefaced electoral stunt

Some media reported Saturday that one of the convoys belonging to the head of the Change and Reform bloc leader MP Michel Aoun were shot at as they crossed near the Bahaeddine Hariri Mosque in Sidon on its return from Jezzine, where Aoun held a political rally, before it was revealed that no shots were heard in the area either by residents of authorities.

Security sources, speaking to Al-Mustaqbal, said that police and Lebanese soldiers in Sidon did not hear any gunshots and said that the gendarmerie in the city had requested the official guards accompanying Aoun allow the security service to inspect the vehicle. The guards however denied this request.





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