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Report: Syrian network planned to kill Lebanese officials

Al-Mustaqbal newspaper reports Lebanese security forces exposed network of 200 members which trained in refugee camps in Lebanon, planned to assassinate 36 senior Lebanese officials

The Lebanese security forces exposed a network which planned to assassinate 36 senior anti-Syrian Lebanese officials, the Lebanese newspaper al-Mustaqbal reported Wednesday morning.


The newspaper, which belongs to the family of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who was assassinated last year, reported that the Lebanese security forces managed to arrest two of the network's key members.


According to the report, the investigation revealed that the network trained in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and planned to execute a plot initiated by the Syrian government to assassinate 36 senior Lebanese officials.


According to the newspaper, the Syrian intelligence appointed a group belonging to the Fatah-Intifada organization to implement the plan.


The organization split from the Fatah movement in the 1970s and is led by Colonel Abu Moussa.


According to the report, about four days ago two detainees admitted to having been sent from Damascus to the al-Badawi and El-Bureij refugee camps in order to coordinate the activity with the Fatah-Intifada movement.


Most blatant violation of UN resolutions

The detainees, a Syrian and a Saudi, noted that they were part of a 200-member network which planned to execute the plan. The two were arrested by Lebanese security forces after they were suspected of a criminally-motivated murder at the al-Badawi refugee camp.


According to the report, the investigation revealed that the Syrian government, through this plan, carried out the most blatant violation of United Nations Resolutions 1559 and 1701 and interfered in internal Lebanese issues.  


The report does not mention who the names of the officials the network planned to assassinate.


In addition, it should be noted that Saad Hariri, Rafik Hariri's son and head of the faction that constitutes the majority in the Lebanese parliament, recently harshly criticized President Bashar Assad and the Syrian regime and claimed that they were operating in an attempt to damage the political stability inside Lebanon and were even inciting an internal Lebanese war.


פרסום ראשון: 11.29.06, 08:20
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