Syrian envoy: Lebanon is integrated with Syria


Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul Karim Ali criticized on Monday the Lebanese government for the way it is controlling the border with Syria and urged it to implement the agreements between the two countries.

“The (Lebanese) government and the relevant institutes are required to implement the agreements between the two countries. They are doing that now, but in an insufficient manner,” Ali said

“There is a safe haven for extremist groups, which are being given several labels, and we urge the Lebanese state to pay attention to this safe haven,” Ali said, referring to Lebanese border towns in the North and the Bekaa provinces.

“I know that they are addressing the issues, but I hope they follow up things very seriously because the situation in Lebanon is sensitive and all the elements posing a threat to Lebanon must be confronted, as it (Lebanon) is integrated with Syria,” the Syrian envoy stressed

His comment comes after the Lebanese army arrested on Sunday 33 gunmen who had infiltrated the Lebanese territory from Syria, with reports claiming they included members of the rebel Free Syrian Army. Several wounded Syrians also arrived in Lebanon, fleeing a government assault on the central province of Homs.

UN reported that over 1000 Syrian families entered Lebanon on Monday.

Syrian refugees fleeing to Lebanon on Monday said they feared they would be slaughtered in their own homes as government forces hunted down opponents in a brutal offensive against the opposition stronghold of Homs.

Activists accused the regime of trying to hide its crimes from the world as the military cracks down on an anti-government uprising that has raged for nearly a year.