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Death threats target politicians on all sides: Charbel

Interior Minister Marwan Charbel leaves the Parliament in Beirut, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Death threats target politicians of both the March 8 and March 14 groups, Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said in remarks published Friday.

“All those who deal with political affairs face the risk of political assassination,” Charbel told the Kuwaiti daily Asseyasah.

“Political figures from March 14 and March 8 are running the risk of assassination at this time for one reason or another,” he added,

A string of assassinations and assassination attempts targeting political figures, mainly from the March 14 opposition group, has disturbed Lebanon’s stability ever since 2004.

The latest assassination took place in October when Internal Security Forces Intelligence Chief Wissam al-Hassan was killed in a car explosion in the Beirut district of Ashrafieh, breaking a period of calm since a spate of assassinations and bombings from 2004 until 2008.

Charbel said that the country’s security agencies are coordinating with those at risk to request that they take the necessary protective measures.

A number of March 14 politicians, mainly Future Movement lawmakers, have repeatedly complained to security agencies that they have received death threats.

Politicians at risk say that such threats have kept them from moving freely around the country and prompted them to take maximum security measures.





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