Charbel: Fear of Assassinations still Lingers in Lebanon

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Interior Minister Marwan Charbel stressed that the security agencies are prepared to take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of officials who believe themselves to be threatened, reported the Kuwaiti al-Seyassah daily on Saturday.

He told the daily: “Fear of assassinations still lingers in Lebanon as long as the political tensions and disputes persist.”

“It is unfortunate that the threats remain and this requires all who feel in danger to take the needed measures to protest themselves, including limiting their mobility,” he explained.

In October, March 14 alliance MPs Houri, Ahmed Fatfat, Hadi Hbeish, Khaled al-Daher and Nuhad al-Mashnouq said that they were texted death threats from a Syrian telephone number before and after Internal Security Forces Intelligence Bureau head Wissam al-Hasan’s assassination.

Hasan was killed in a car bomb in Beirut’s Ashrafiyeh district on October 19.

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and opposition MP Butros Harb both escaped assassination attempts in April and July respectively.

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