Lebanon starts probe into police-army dispute at Beirut's airport

Source: Xinhua| 2018-09-26 21:43:07|Editor: mmm
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BEIRUT, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- A Lebanese military prosecutor started on Wednesday the investigation into a dispute between police and army personnel at the Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport (RHIA).

The dispute took place between members of the Internal Security Forces (ISF) and the Lebanese Army, causing the ISF personnel who check the passports of departing passengers to withdraw from their positions, according to a statement carried by Elnashra, an independent online newspaper.

Army personnel then took over after ISF personnel left, said the statement.

However, the army personnel were not familiar with how the inspection equipment at the airport operates, causing the interruption of security check of departing passengers, it added.

"After a few minutes, the activity at RHIA went back to normal following the withdrawal of the army personnel from the inspection points at the airport," the statement noted.

Lebanese caretaker Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk, who visited the airport, said the problem was caused by a misunderstanding between the army and ISF but solved later.