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Lebanon: Tight Security Measures in the Surroundings of Jumblatt’s Residence following Threats | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Beirut- The security team of head of Lebanon’s Democratic Gathering deputy Walid Jumblatt had imposed tight security measures around his residence in the capital Beirut after leaked news said ISIS placed his name on its new list of assassinations.

A ministerial source close to leader of the Progressive Socialist Party told Asharq Al-Awsat: “The threats against Jubmlatt are serious and there are assertions that he entered again the circle of danger,” adding that actions should be taken to face these threats.

Lately, tight security measures were imposed around the residence of Jumbaltt in Clemenceau, Beirut.

However, another source close to the Druze leader said: “Jumblatt does not enjoy those security measures as he is mostly seen circulating in the capital, driving his own car.”

Lately, a pro-Iranian newspaper had published a report saying ISIS was planning to assassinate Walid Jumblatt, driving fears among the Druze community in Lebanon.

Jumblatt responded last month to the ISIS threats, saying “Whatever the threat may be, be it from local or external parties, we depend on God and fate at this age.”

Member of the Democratic Gathering parliamentary bloc, deputy Marwan Hamadeh told Asharq Al-Awsat that the assassination threats aim at suppressing all consensual attempts to reach an exit to the Lebanese crisis, by merging the basket of suggestions presented by Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri with the election of a new President.

Hamadeh accused the Syrian regime and his allies for standing behind the threats against Jumblatt. He said after the Syrian regime had lately lost several positions during the Aleppo battles, Damascus seeks to keep the Lebanese paper in its hands through a wave of new assassinations, and by creating chaos and paralyzing the country’s institutions.