BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army Sunday urged residents to refrain from celebratory gunfire over the New Year’s holiday and reiterated that it was putting heightened security measures in place all over the country for the occasion.
“Army units have been implementing strict security measures across Lebanon for the holidays,” an Army statement said, stressing that legal action would be taken against anyone who shoots into the air to celebrate the New Year.
In a meeting with President Michel Aoun Friday, commander Gen. Joseph Aoun said the Lebanese Army was fully prepared to respond to incidents throughout the holiday season.
“This is for people to celebrate in safety,” the Army commander said.
The Lebanese Red Cross said Friday that hundreds of its paramedics would be ready on New Year’s Eve to handle any incidents.
The organization also called on people to adhere to its safety recommendations.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on December 31, 2018, on page 2.