ISIS has now called for a mass execution of Christians after its forces had captured positions around the town
This Lebanese-Canadian’s offshore company is accused of shipping mortar shells that have fallen into the hands of ISIS
I had to take action when I saw the explosion. I reached the site and picked up the shell with a trowel. I buried it in the ground and told the soldiers. I waited until they had a good chance to dig up the area before I showed them the shell. It’s a strange sensation seeing it laying next to your house. In the afternoon, they came to take it. I would have dug it up myself, but I have a knee injury, so I can’t do it.
When the soldiers finished digging the area, they went to the adjacent street. The shells had only hit on the other side of the road. There was a Lebanese security forces car parked there. The soldiers broke the window and started shooting at the car in the hail of bullets. They took away one of the soldiers. I followed the soldiers a few minutes later and saw two more in the vehicle, which was also taken away. When the Lebanese-Canadian called me, I asked him to give me the remaining two shells. He showed me the front and back where the shells had fallen.
The truck transporting the shells has only the owner’s signature and title. I believe the owner of the shell is the one who got a 90% commission. Since the company was formed in 2008, eight shells have come to Lebanon. I asked the owner if he can give me more, but he does not know where he comes from or why he should be charged for each shell. The shells fell on my area and not the neighboring town. The shells have not reached the Lebanese army. I am not involved in any of the entities that have weapons.
In 2013 and 2014, after Syria became engulfed in crisis, ISIS came to the border between Syria and Lebanon. They came in their cars and they were hiding the weapons. I had heard that the Syrians had a weapons depot in the town of Hajjar el-Gharbine, about five minutes away from the town of Arsal. The Syrian Army has a huge weapons depot that is not occupied by terrorists at all. I am not an army or security official. The Lebanese army does not have any weapons. I am not responsible for weapons that are smuggled into the country.
I believe that the only responsibility is for the owners of weapons to declare them. All I have to do is to ask to inspect the containers, and they will throw them away. There are new container inspection regulations that I have to put into effect. A new container inspection law is awaiting the presidential pardon, but it will come into effect once that pardon is granted.