Fath al-Islam offers Government a 4-step solution

27May07

Associated Press. Palestinian factions have presented the government with a four-point plan aimed at a peaceful resolution to the camp standoff, Abu Imad Rifai, a representative of the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, told the Associated Press on Sunday.

The four-point plan presented by the Palestinian factions to the Lebanese government aimed at a peaceful resolution to the camp fight, Abu Imad Rifai, a representative of the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, told the Associated Press on Sunday.
The plan calls for a cease-fire, the creation of a Palestinian security force to maintain law and order in the camp, the barring of other armed groups in the camp and the creation of “a mechanism for the departure” of Fatah al-Islam from the camp, Rifai said.
There was no immediate reaction from the government to the plan, which falls short of its demands for the handover of the militants. Rifai said the government found “some positive elements” in the plan but that details on how to deal with the departure of the fighters had to be worked out. “A final plan will be presented to the government in the next few days,” he said.

However, the plan falls short of Lebanese government demands for the handover of the militants.

“The repercussions of a military solution are much more serious than a political solution,” Rifai said, in a clear warning that a military assault on Nahr el-Bared would trigger violence in Lebanon’s 11 other Palestinian refugee camps.

Late Sunday, a hand grenade thrown at security forces at a major Beirut intersection slightly wounded two policemen, a soldier and two passing civilians, police said.

The grenade was tossed off a bridge and fell near a checkpoint in a Sunni Muslim neighborhood. The assailants fled, and police pursued them.

Three big explosions in Beirut over the last week, killed one woman and wounded nearly 30 other people. Associated Press

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4 Responses to “Fath al-Islam offers Government a 4-step solution”

  1. 1 Phoenix

    I beg to differ with Mr. Rifai; the repercussions of a political solution will be much more serious than the military option.
    The Seniora’s government is opening the door for Islamist extremists to manifest themselves on the lebanese stage, prior to launching their agendas on the world stage.
    Before May/2007, Fath al-Islam was virtually unknown until their clash with the Lebanese army where the group took the international stage. Other extremists gangs took notice and, if the government choose the political solution,they will be coming out of the woodwork.

  2. 2 Sophia

    Marcel,

    I know. I was just adressing this fact.

  3. 3 Marcel

    I’m not sure, but I think he sourced the article from Associated Press, as is.

  4. 4 Sophia

    In the first sentence, there is confusion between Islamic Jihad, Fatah El_Islam and Palestinian factions. Groups related to FEI have assassinated members of Islamic Jihad last year in the south. And the number of Palestinians belonging to FEI can be counted on the fingers. FEI are essentially Hariri militia gone out of control…


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