Merchants: The government must provide security


The Beirut Trade Association said in a statement issued Monday that insecurity hurts business and the government must enforce its sovereignty in order to protect national unity.

The cabinet agreed on Wednesday to form a commission to deal with arms proliferation, following the clashes in the Beirut neighborhood of Borj Abi Haidar on Tuesday night between supporters of the the pro-Syrian Association of Islamic Charitable Projects—also known as Al-Ahbash—and the Iranian backed Hezbollah militants , leading to the death of three people, including Hezbollah official Mohammad Fawwaz.

Hariri chairs meeting

Prime Minister Saad Hariri chaired on Monday at the Grand Serail a session of the ministerial commission tasked with addressing weapons proliferation in Lebanon, according to a statement issued by the PM’s office.

Defense Minister Elias al-Murr and Interior Minister Ziad Baroud were present, the statement added.

Hariri returned today from an overnight trip to Damascus after meeting with Syrian president Bashar al Assad