Security breaches likely to occur soon: source

By Antoine Saab
BEIRUT: The coming weeks are likely to witness several security incidents, a senior political source told The Daily Star Monday.
The source said the overall atmosphere in Lebanon was not reassuring as several factors were likely to complicate matters in the country.

According to the source, the kidnapping of the seven Estonians, the bombing of St. Mary’s Syriac Orthodox Church in Zahle, and the limited clashes witnessed inside the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh Camp were “an interrelated and interdependent series of messages addressed in more than one direction.”

The source said the reason behind the kidnapping of the Estonian cyclists was purely financial and thus has no connection to the Arab world revolutions.

But the source predicted that the frequency of security incidents would increase in the coming days due to the current political vacuum resulting from the failure to form a new Cabinet capable of backing security forces in their attempts to impose law and order.

In anticipation of any unexpected surprises on the security level, the source said, necessary directions were given to the heads of security apparatuses and their senior officers to act in the country’s interest by activating what is known as “preventive military and intelligence security.”
This entails protecting the locations of state institutions and headquarters of foreign diplomatic missions, including the embassies of the United States, France, Italy, Egypt, Syria and Saudi Arabia.

Separately, the source said, the security apparatuses of European embassies in Beirut went on high alert after receiving strict instructions from their governments to be aware of provocations, similar to the attack Saturday against a U.S. Embassy convoy in Sidon.

The source added that fundamentalist and extremist individuals were reported to have made their way to Lebanon and spread out in numerous areas in north Lebanon, the Bekaa Valley, and south Lebanon, namely to Ain al-Hilweh, where it was registered that individuals from different nationalities were entering the camp and cooperating with Al-Qaeda-inspired Jund al-Sham.

The source added that the elements who had infiltrated Ain al-Hilweh were giving training on explosive devices to some youths inside both the Rashidieh camp and Ain al-Hilweh.

The source said all the information made available raised questions about the significance of such actions at this critical political time on the local arena.

The source also sounded the alarm against attempts to stir sectarian tensions among the Lebanese.

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