Lebanon PM calls on France to help fight off rebels

Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Sallam said he has asked the French government to supply the Lebanese military with weapons so that it can confront militant groups in Arsal on the border with neighboring Syria.

Lebanon PM calls on France to help fight off rebels

World Bulletin / News Desk

Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Sallam said on Monday rejected "political solutions" with militants fighting the army in the border town of Arsal.

Speaking in a press conference following an emergency cabinet meeting in the capital Beirut, Sallam said his government was on maximum alert to defend Lebanon against what he called "forces of darkness".

"Lebanon faces a systematic offensive from 'forces of darkness' that violated Lebanese sovereignty," he told reporters.

Sallam said he has asked the French government to supply the Lebanese military with weapons so that it can confront militant groups in Arsal on the border with neighboring Syria.

Arsal has been the site of clashes between the Lebanese army and militant groups, believed to be coming from Syria, since Saturday following the arrest of a senior militant.

"The Lebanese army has the full support of the government," Sallam said. "There will be no compromise with terrorists and those who violate Lebanese territories," he added.

The Lebanese army on Monday sent reinforcements to troops fighting the militants in Arsal.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Ağustos 2014, 09:37
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