Lebanese PM Hariri Condemns Iraqi Militia Leader’s ‘Illegal’ Visit to Israel Border

Published December 9th, 2017 - 01:52 GMT
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri Saturday blasted the apparent visit to south Lebanon by an Iraqi militia leader.
(Alain Jocard/AFP)
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri Saturday blasted the apparent visit to south Lebanon by an Iraqi militia leader. (Alain Jocard/AFP)
  • An Iraqi militia leader filmed himself on the Lebanese-Israeli border
  • The Lebanese PM has condemned his appearance
  • Saad Hariri says the commander was in Lebanon illegally
  • The Lebanese security forces will carry out an investigation

 

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri Saturday blasted the apparent visit to south Lebanon by an Iraqi militia leader.

“It constitutes a violation of Lebanese law and I contacted the military and security leaders concerned to conduct the necessary investigations and take measures,” Hariri said, according to a statement from his office.

The statement added that a video had been circulating on social media showing Iraqi militia commander touring southern border villages in military uniform.

“The video was filmed six days ago and constitutes a violation of Lebanese law,” the prime minister said.

 

 

Hariri contacted military and security leaders concerned to conduct the necessary investigations and take measures to prevent any person or party from carrying out foreign military activity on Lebanese territory.

“Measures should be taken to prevent any illegal acts as is shown in the video and prevent the person involved from entering Lebanon,” he said.

Quoting a security source, MTV reported that an "Iraqi military commander entered Lebanon illegally and the case is being followed up."

When contacted for further details, an Army spokesperson said they had no further information regarding the incident.

This article has been edited by Al Bawaba from its original version


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