BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army accused some politicians Tuesday of inciting citizens against the military institution and urged those calling themselves friends of the Army to refrain from blocking roads.
“At a time when citizens are suffering from political and social [issues] and are demanding a variety of things, some parliamentarians and political leaders continue to incite against the army and defame some of its officers on a personal level, particularly on matters related to the Kwaikhat incident,” the army said in a statement.
On May 20, two Muslim preachers were shot dead at a Lebanese Army checkpoint in the Kwaikhat in the north of the country.
In its statement Tuesday, the army said the behavior by some politicians indicated “intentions against the military institution” and accused them of purposely increasing the level of tension and chaos, which it said served at striking a blow at general stability in the country.
Citing the critical stage that the county was going through, the military called on politicians to demonstrate their national responsibilities.
Tensions ran high Monday night when residents calling themselves friends of the Army blocked the vital highway connecting Beirut to Jounieh after the judiciary re-arrested army officers involved in the Kwaikhat case.
The army said Tuesday it was not above the law and that it adhered to the judiciary in incidents involving the military, “and not to the objections of some groups or the wishes of street [action] from here and there or the scoring of cheap political and electoral points.”
It also warned that it reserved the right to sue those harming the army and “the dignity of its soldiers.”
“[The army] calls on media to cooperate with it and return to [the army] to elicit accurate information,” the statement added.
Turning to the issue of groups voicing their support to the military, the army urged “those sympathizing with the army for any reason to take down their signs of support and stop protests and road blocking which harms the interest of citizens and their daily lives.”
The army also criticized the dissemination of false information by some media outlets about the army’s movements as well as security leaks that “threaten national security in the country and the safety of the judicial investigation in the Kwaikhat incident.”