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Al-Anbaa

Merhebi: Security forces going
through decadence period

BEIRUT - Future bloc MP Mouin Merhebi lashed out at the Lebanese security forces for arresting Arab tourists last Friday while it was searching for terror suspects at the Napoleon Hotel in the Beirut neighborhood of Hamra.

 

“All security forces without exception are living a period of professional decadence,” Merhebi told Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Anbaa in remarks published Wednesday.

 

“The indiscriminate arrests of Arab tourists and [businessmen] that took place at the Napoleon Hotel under the pretext of suspecting them with terrorism was an insult against the Lebanese state and institutions and against dear guests who chose Beirut as a place to hold their conferences,” Merhebi added.

 

Merhebi also blamed the security deterioration on Hezbollah and its control over the state.

 

“The Lebanese are witnessing deterioration in the security forces as a result of Hezbollah’s control over them, and its prevention of previous cabinets from deploying the army along the border with Syria,” he said.

 

Members of Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces arrested last Friday 102 people in Beirut’s Hamra Street and neighboring areas following reports of terror plots targeting an Amal Movement conference and General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim.

 

85 people were subsequently released, while 17 remained in custody for further investigations, the ISF said in a statement. 

 

The National News Agency reported that the arrested suspects had entered Lebanon with Arab passports.

The Lebanese are witnessing deterioration in the security forces as a result of Hezbollah’s control over them, and its prevention of previous cabinets from deploying the army along the border with Syria.