The Lebanese army confirmed today, Saturday, its readiness to protect peace in the city of Tripoli, which is witnessing protests and riots, while French President Emmanuel Macron made a phone call to his Lebanese counterpart Michel Aoun, during which they discussed the French initiative aiming at Lebanon’s exit from the political crisis.
The Lebanese army expressed its readiness to support the security institutions to contribute to “protecting the civil peace in Tripoli and preventing riots.”
This came in an interview with the Director of Operations in the Army, Brigadier General Jean Al-Chidiac, during a meeting at the 12th Infantry Brigade Command in Tripoli.
“The Lebanese army is ready to provide immediate support to the security institutions when necessary, with the aim of protecting civil peace in Tripoli and preventing riots,” Al-Shidiac said.
During the meeting, the Director of Army Operations was informed of the measures taken to maintain security in the city.
Earlier, the Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri asked why the Lebanese army units did not intervene during the attack on the city’s municipality building and the government palace.
Tripoli is witnessing angry protests due to the strict general closure, which left many people without a way to earn a living, in a situation witnessing an economic collapse.
Last Thursday, the city witnessed the death of a man during clashes between protesters and security forces, and local media and witnesses reported that riot police fired shots while protesters tried to storm a government building in Tripoli, and dozens were wounded in the incident.
The security forces said – in a statement – that they fired shots to disperse rioters who set fire to the guard room of the building and uprooted a gate, noting that the violence “resulted in a victim.”
In another context, the French President made a phone call to his Lebanese counterpart today, Saturday, where they discussed several issues, including the French initiative, which has not succeeded in forming a Lebanese government until today, despite the passage of months after its launch.
Due to differences between the political forces, Lebanon has not yet been able to form a new government, since the resignation of Hassan Diab’s government, 6 days after a catastrophic explosion in the port of the capital Beirut on the fourth of August, which led to hundreds of deaths and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people.
During his visit to Beirut two days after this explosion, Macron met with the heads of the major parties and launched an initiative that includes forming a new government,
But Macron spoke in a threatening tone, and seemed to be directing instructions to the Lebanese, which made political forces consider his initiative an interference in the affairs of their country.