Committee set on arms-free Sidon Condemns violence at Taamir
By Mohammed Zaatari
Daily Star correspondent
SIDON: The follow-up committee of the Sidon Political and Religious Personalities' Gathering Tuesday denounced attempts to undermine security in the country, in reference to the discovery Monday of seven rockets near the home of MP Bahia Hariri.
Following a meeting at the Hariri residence in Majdalyoun, the committee released a statement condemning the violence in the Taamir neighborhood.
The statement said the level of violence in the area has become "unbearable," leaving residents fearing for their lives and property, undermining local businesses and forcing residents from their homes.
The committee reiterated calls on the area's inhabitants to lay down their weapons and urged the government to take drastic military, security and legal measures against those threatening public security.
The committee further asked all Lebanese and Palestinian parties to help bring about an end to the frequent clashes.
Everybody agrees that the situation has become unbearable in this area," Hariri said, stressing the need to promote dialogue between the Lebanese and Palestinian parties in the hopes of finding a solution.
Meanwhile, the Internal Security Forces dismantled a 60-millimeter mortar shell found under a bridge along the South Lebanon highway.
A bomb disposal expert who examined the device said the shell, the cover of which was inscribed in Hebrew, was operable but not primed.
Another mortar shell was found in a black plastic bag on a deserted plot of land in Al-Marj, Hermel. Security forces were immediately alerted and the area was cordoned off. A military expert examined the explosive and pronounced it also operable but not primed.