Thursday, October 21, 2021

Lebanon … as if it were a “war round” to bring down the judicial investigator in “Peruchima”

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A general closure in Lebanon on Friday, and grave international concern and calls
Aoun: The street is not a place for protesting and erecting barricades
– Mikati: I apologize to the Lebanese… and we received the RPG in the operating room
– The “Lebanese Forces” responded to their accusation: The main reason for the events was the unarmed weapon
Hariri: He condemns what happened in Beirut, and we appeal to everyone to adopt dialogue and refuse to be drawn into sedition
– Jumblatt: We are counting on Berri’s wisdom… and to avoid repeating the “labyrinth in the middle of Ain El Remmaneh”
– Lebanese Army: Arrest of 9 people, and it has no tolerance for any gunman
– Noland from Beirut: “Media bang” about Iran’s support for Lebanon in the field of energy for self-restraint

“… the events of Tayouneh.”

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Yesterday, a new bloody page was added to the “black record” of the most dangerous turns that brought about profound changes and disrupted balances in Lebanon, which entered a highly sensitive tunnel that seemed to be dragging into “hell”.

A gunman at the scene of clashes in Beirut (AFP)
Gunmen in the streets of Beirut (Reuters)

5 horrific hours, in which at least 6 people were killed and 32 wounded, captured Lebanon’s breath, after a movement called by supporters of “Hezbollah” and “Amal” in front of the Palace of Justice to demand the overthrow of the judicial investigator in the Beirut port explosion, Judge Tariq Bitar, and to protest against The judicial path that he is adopting (the last of which was the issuance of an arrest warrant in absentia against MP Ali Hassan Khalil) sparked what appeared to be “Mini Harb” on an old-new contact line, which is the locality of Tayouneh, where a gathering that was on its way to Beirut’s justice system was subjected to a sniper attack that accused the party and the movement as supporters The “Lebanese Forces” party, which led to a number of casualties among the crowd.

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It was only a matter of minutes before the “front” of Chiyah – Ain al-Remmaneh regained scenes of the civil war, after mutual clashes broke out that began in the locality of Tayouneh, where the lenses of television stations spotted armed with machine guns responding to the source of sniping, and soon the matter developed for the use of B7 shells amid confrontations that seemed Closer to a “street war” that transformed the capital into a “panic box” that revived nightmares of the 1975-1990 fighting.

Although the “battle” stopped in the afternoon after displacement from the “spot of fire”, amid great damage left by the confrontations that called for contacts at the highest levels within what looks like an undeclared state of emergency, the toll of victims and wounded on both sides indicates that it is difficult to be a “storm and passed.” Amidst conviction that what happened was a “round of war” to bring down Bitar according to the “battle” launched in his face by Hezbollah SecretIG-General Hassan Nasrallah and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, in rejection of the “politicized and discretionIG” allegations and summons, which amounted to linking the sessions of Parliament The ministers dismissed the judicial investigator, before yesterday’s events emerged, and regardless of their circumstances, as if they were a “warm-up” for what would be to achieve the “determined goal” even according to the equation “Bitar’s survival = strife and civil war.”

While there was fear of “continuations” of the Tayouneh site amid information about a security incident that was recorded in the Choueifat area and was cordoned off, and in light of direct accusations by Hezbollah and Amal against the “Lebanese Forces” of deliberately shooting at the gathering, which the latter denied, Al-Rai learned that the movement and the party blamed the security forces for not taking preemptive measures, despite their knowledge of the existence of movements in the other plot that were monitored on Wednesday night.

Although the “exercise with fire” that took place yesterday in the context of the battle to overthrow the judicial investigator in “Peruchima” constitutes a boost to the reckoning, well-informed circles have begun to doubt the possibility of holding the parliamentIG elections on time (after about five months).

Observational circles saw that the outcome of yesterday’s events concluded that there were two “winners”, namely Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, who pushed his supporters to the “field” to overthrow Judge Bitar through “blood” that can no longer be ignored. And the head of the “Lebanese Forces” Samir Geagea, who emerged as a defender of Christian-majority areas, and who sent a message to others that he could “shoot” as well.

As for the most prominent loser from the tour, President Michel Aoun and his son-in-law and political heir, Gibran Bassil, will be in the event that they respond to the demand of their ally “Hezbollah” to join the battle to overthrow Bitar, which will negatively affect them on the Christian street, which will certainly serve Geagea.

In light of these data, it seemed that the government had suffered an “early headache” as a result of the explosion of an uncalculated “fire ball” in its hands and the beginning of signs of cracking from the inside, amid a halt in the follow-up circles when its president, Najib Mikati, directed an “apology” from the Lebanese for what happened.

After calm returned to the area of ​​clashes, Mikati said, “The government is a “cattle” and is present, and it was formed when the country reached its bottom, and the government is a “sponge” to mitigate the impact of the collision.

In an interview with Al-Nahar website, he asked: “Is what happened today aimed at overthrowing my government?” He added: “We are sick and bleeding, and after the formation of the government, we entered the emergency room, and today in the operations room (in Yarzeh, which he visited to inspect the army’s follow-up on the events of Tayouneh), we received bullets and R.R. BG».

He continued, “We remain in the government, and the quiet treatment of the investigation case is underway. We are an executive authority and we cannot interfere in the judiciIG. I call on the judicial body, and in the event of an impurity, to purify itself, and by virtue of my responsibility, I will not distance myself from dealing with the crisis. There is a way out, but we need time.”

And about what happened in Tayouneh, he said: “It is very sad what happened today and the fear that the children experienced. My recent contacts with the army indicated an improvement in the security situation on the street. Tomorrow is supposed to be a new day, and security discipline is not enough. Rather, political awareness contributed to controlling the situation.”

And on the same line of reassurance, President Aoun appeared in a message to the Lebanese in the evening, in which he announced, “What we witnessed in the Tayouneh area is a painful and unacceptable scene, regardless of the causes and causes.

My condolences to the families of the innocent who were killed today by the bullets of criminals;

It is not acceptable for weapons to return as a language of communication between the Lebanese parties, because we all agreed to turn this dark page from our history.”

He said: “What happened today is not acceptable, especially at a time when everyone has accepted to resort to the rule of law and institutions.

And this state, which guarantees liberties, especially freedom of expression, must be the only valid reference, through its institutions, to address any problem, disagreement or objection,” stressing that “the street is not a place of objection, and the erection of barricades or escalating positions Do not carry the other solution. There is no matter for which there is no solution, and its solution is only within the institutions and also through the constitution, which is not a matter above which there is no threat or threat.

He added, “The country cannot tolerate street disputes, and it needs quiet solutions. Its natural place is the institutions, foremost of which is the Council of Ministers, which must be convened, and quickly.”

Today, contacts were made with the concerned parties to address what happened, and most importantly to prevent it from happening again, knowing that we will not allow it to happen under any circumstances.”

He continued, “The militIG and security forces have done and will carry out their duties in protecting security, stability and civil peace.

We will not allow anyone to take the country hostage to their own interests or accounts, and what happened will be the subject of security and judicial follow-up.

And I, for my part, will ensure that the investigation reaches the truth of what happened in order to hold those responsible and instigators to account just like any other judicial investigation, including the investigation into the port crime, which was and will remain a priority of my work and my commitment to the Lebanese and the international community.

And he added: “I assure the Lebanese that the clock will not turn back. We are going toward a solution, not toward a crisis. I, in cooperation with the Prime Minister and the Speaker of Parliament, will not tolerate and will not surrender to any fait accompli whose goal could be sedition, which all Lebanese reject.

It was not in passing, prior to declaring a general mourning today, for the victims of yesterday’s events (three of them called “Hope”) that Interior Minister Bassam al-Mawlawi said, “Those who organized the demonstration assured us that it was peaceful and that it must be so, and the intelligence services did not have any information about what was going on.” It happened now, and there was sniper shooting, and we were surprised by something dangerous, which is shooting in the heads, and this is unacceptable.”

This came amid accusations by the “Amal” and “Hezbollah” leaderships, the “Lebanese Forces” party, of armed attack on the peaceful assembly of groups that spread in the neighboring neighborhoods and on the rooftops of buildings and practiced direct sniping operations for premeditated killing, and demanded that “the army and security forces assume their responsibilities in restoring Things are set right and the perpetrators of the killings, who are known by name, and the instigators who managed this intended operation from the black chambers, are arrested, brought to trial, and the most severe punishments are imposed on them.”

On the other hand, the “Lebanese Forces” denied these accusations, and Dr. Geagea denounced “the events that took place in the Beirut area, especially the vicinity of the Tayouneh area on the occasion of the demonstrations called by (Hezbollah), pointing out that the main reason for these events is the uncontrolled and widespread weapons that threaten citizens in all regions.” time and place.”

He called on “the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, and the Ministers of Defense and Interior to conduct full and accurate investigations to determine responsibilities for what happened in the capital,” noting that “civil peace is the only wealth left for us in Lebanon, which we must preserve with the blink of an eye, but that requires all of us to cooperate.” to reach it.”

The most serious expression of what happened was expressed by the head of the Progressive Socialist Party, Walid Jumblatt, who declared, “Any Lebanese has the right to demonstrate,” condemning the use of snipers.

Relying on “President Nabih Berri’s wisdom,” he called for learning from the past in order to avoid repeating “the labyrinth in the middle of Ain al-Remmaneh,” referring to the incident that officially took off the Lebanese war on April 13, 1975.

As for the former prime minister and leader of the “Future Movement” Saad Hariri, he declared, “What happened in Beirut in terms of shooting and shelling and the spread of gunmen brought us back to memory of the hateful images of the civil war, which is rejected by all standards, and condemned and condemned in the strongest terms and words.” “As we extend our condolences to the families of the fallen victims and we wish a speedy recovery for the wounded, we appeal to everyone to adopt dialogue as a means to solve problems and refuse to be drawn into strife that may drag the country to unimaginable consequences.”

In the wake of the political uproar, the Army Command – Directorate of Orientation issued a statement on the evening of a statement confirming that “on 10/14/2021, while a number of protesters headed to the Adliya area for a sit-in, there was a problem and an exchange of fire took place in the Tayouneh area – Badaro, which led to the killing of a number of people. civilians and injuring others.

Immediately, the army reinforced its deployment in the area, conducting foot and motorized patrols, and raided a number of places in search of the shooters, and arrested nine people from both sides, including a Syrian.

Investigations began with the detainees under the supervision of the competent judiciIG,” he added, adding: “The army command has made contacts with those concerned on both sides to contain the situation and prevent a slide toward sedition.

In parallel with international positions that expressed deep concern about what happened in Beirut, calling for restraint and stressing the need to support the investigation in Perushima, and in light of the response of the Court of Cassation, the request for a new response submitted by MPs Ali Hassan Khalil and Ghazi Zuaiter against Bitar, who subsequently returned to the file, the events of Tayouneh overshadowed On the visit of US Deputy SecretIG of State Victoria Nuland to Beirut, where she expressed her regret for what happened, stressing in another context that “the United States stands by Lebanon to help it face the current economic, social and living challenges.”

She pointed out that Washington “wishes, after the formation of the government, that work will be done to achieve reforms and hold parliamentIG elections,” stressing that her country “is ready to work with the international community and financial funds, especially the IMF, to provide the required support to Lebanon in addition to continuing support for the Lebanese army.” He pointed out that “Iran’s support for Lebanon in the field of energy is (a media bang), and one of the solutions to the energy crisis that we are working on with the Lebanese authorities includes the World Bank and humanitarian support.”

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