Lebanon’s Defence Minister Elias Murr has highlighted the incapacity of Lebanon’s security system, weeks after he was targetted in a Beirut car bomb.
The pro-Syrian Minister relied on Syrian forces for 15 years to protect his country. But after their hasty withdrawal in April this year, it seems like Lebanon’s police and army aren’t ready to take over the job themselves.
They were criticised for their weak and flawed investigations into the series of political assasinations this year. All of those assasinations – except the first – have taken place since the start of the pullout of Syrian troops.
Murr has blamed Palestinians in the Ain Al-Helwe refugee camp for his attempted assasination. The Lebanese Army and police have had no presence in the camps since the end of the war – Palestinian militia control the areas. But in the last couple of days, for the first time, state security forces have put checkpoints around the camp.
In a sign of confusing political solidarity, US Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman has visited the pro-Syrian minister three times in his hospital bed.
Murr’s bodyguard and a relative were seriously injured in the car bomb which targetted Murr.