Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati says the recent attack on three soldiers near the Syrian border will not prevent Lebanon from defending its sovereignty.
Miqati made the remarks on Tuesday shortly after armed men opened fire on a military checkpoint near the town of Arsal, eastern Lebanon, killing three soldiers.
“Any attack on the army will not deter us from going ahead with preserving security and defending Lebanon’s sovereignty and independence, ” Miqati stated.
He also said that people in Lebanon support the army “at this difficult stage.” Miqati added that the Lebanese government and the Higher Defense Council had given the authority to the army to take appropriate measures in regard to such attacks. On Monday, three mortar shells fired by the foreign-backed militants in Syria hit residential neighborhoods in Bdaita, on the outskirts of Hermel in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. A 17-year-old girl was killed and a woman was wounded in the attack. Two rockets also hit the southern district of Zahyieh in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, on May 26, injuring several people. In another incident on the same day, four mortars slammed into the heart of Hermel, which is situated about 100 kilometers (62 miles) northeast of Beirut. The incidents in Lebanon came amid recent deadly clashes between supporters and opponents of the Syrian government in the country’s northern city of Tripoli.