Higher Defense Council to tighten security in Lebanon


The Lebanese Higher Defense Council (HDC) on Tuesday decided to tighten security across Lebanon and enforce stricter security measures in Beirut and the South.

The Council meeting was chaired by President Michel Suleiman and was attended by : PM Saad Hariri, Defense Minister Elias Murr, Interior Minister Ziad Baroud, Finance Minister Raya al-Hasan, Foreign Minister Ali Shami, Economic Minister Mohammed Safadi and Secretar- General of the Council Maj. Gen. Adnan Merheb ( pictured) .

The internal security chiefs also attended the meeting which was held at the Presidential Palace in Baabda.

The Council addressed a plan to equip the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) with suitable weapons and voiced the importance of security forces taking firm measures against any security shortcomings in Lebanon,.

The HDC members have reportedly greed to allocate specific security tasks to the relevant ministries and authorities.

This comes after a street battle that shook the Borj Abi Haidar neighborhood in the Lebanese capital on August 24, pitting supporters of the Iranian backed Hezbollah against the pro-Syrian Al-Ahbash militants —also known as the Association of Islamic Charitable Projects. 3 people were killed in the clash including a Hezbollah senior official