Lebanon's airports safe despite terror-linked arrests: Minister

Published April 11th, 2016 - 10:00 GMT
Last week, two airport employees were arrested on charges of communicating with terrorist groups and smuggling arms to the airport. (AFP/File)
Last week, two airport employees were arrested on charges of communicating with terrorist groups and smuggling arms to the airport. (AFP/File)

Lebanon's Public Works Minister Ghazi Zoaiter has said that the arrest of two airport employees shows that the security situation at the Rafik Hariri International Airport is not a source of concern.

“The apprehension of the two workers at the airport proves that the security situation at the facility is not worrisome,” said Zoaiter in remarks published Monday.

The security situation is “under control,” he told As Safir newspaper although he admitted that the airport needs more equipment and improvements.

Zoaiter stressed the importance of providing the needed funds to build a fence for the airport and improve the luggage transport system.

The issue was not discussed at the cabinet session last week after Christian ministers insisted on resolving the controversy on State Security before discussing any other matter.

The ministers claim that the agency, which is headed by a Catholic, is being intentionally marginalized.

The employees were arrested last week on charges of communicating with terrorist groups and smuggling arms to the airport.

According to As Safir, the military intelligence is interrogating the suspects.

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq told the daily that the probe will continue until all the details emerge.

He called on certain parties not to make judgments before the circumstances of the arrest become clearer.

 

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