Salafist Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir decided to go skiing Thursday on the occasion of Prophet Mohmmad’s birthday and headed to Farayya slopes but residents of Kfar Zebian didn’t fancy him there and blocked the road to the ski area according to local reports .
Thursday is a national holiday in Lebanon.
Assir wasn’t alone . He was reportedly in a convoy of more than a dozen cars and buses
According to reports around 50 people blocked the road of Kfar Zebian.
The Army didn’t like what was happening and was able to reopen the road before Assir’s convoy arrived to the town but the Kfar Zebian residents once again attempted to block the way.
But the army was able to reopen again , after two people were slightly injured and Assir’s convoy was finally able to make it to the ski area.
Interior Minister Marwan Charbel appealed to protesters to respect the state and Assir’s right to reach the ski area.
“We don’t want the problem to grow,” he told LBCI TV.
Former Minister Farid Haykal al-Khazen also arrived at the scene and asked protesters to clear the road, but branded Assir’s visit as suspicious and said he hoped the Sheikh would cut his trip short.
The Lebanese Forces on the other hand issued a statement denouncing the attempt to block Assir’s passage to Kesrouan, arguing that all Lebanese have equal rights to visit all Lebanese regions.
“The right of Lebanese people with diverse opinions and affiliations is sacred and there is no justification for blocking roads with fabricated reasons,” said the statement.
There was no word whether Sheikh Assir did actually hit the ski slopes, but judging from the picture all he wanted was to have a look and enjoy the scenery!!
Update: According to LBC Sheikh Assir held a prayer on the slopes.
Update 2 : Sheikh Assir’s convoy left the ski resort area accompanied by the Lebanese Internal Security forces and has reached the coastal area of Kesrouan according to LBC. He is reportedly heading back to the city of Sidon his home town