Lebanese Cabinet removes airport security chief over alleged ties to Hizbullah

May 6, 2008 20:39

Lebanon's Cabinet decided Tuesday to remove Beirut airport's security chief over alleged ties to Hizbullah, the country's information minister said. The decision is expected to exacerbate tension between the Western-backed government and the Hizbullah -led opposition, putting them on a collision course a day before a scheduled labor union strike supported by the opposition. Information Minister Ghazi Aridi read a statement at the end of a marathon Cabinet meeting that began Monday evening and lasted nearly 11 hours, saying Brig. Gen. Wafiq Shoukair would rejoin the army. He also said the Cabinet declared a telecommunications network used by Hizbullah for military purposes was illegal and a danger to state security. The Cabinet decisions come a day after Lebanon's top prosecutor began investigating allegations that the Iran and Syria-backed group set up cameras near the airport to monitor the movement of anti-Syrian Lebanese politicians and foreign dignitaries.

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