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LEBANON: Residents ready to take up arms against Syrian insurgents | IRIN Middle East

TRIPOLI, 17 November 2011 (IRIN) – In the office of the former general turned self-styled humanitarian, concerned locals and Syrian refugees talk of taking up arms to defend a country they believe the national army will not.

“If you do not protect our land, we will create a resistance to protect our land,” said former general Hameed Hamoud, outlining the message he had been trying to deliver to the government in Beirut concerning repeated incursions by the Syrian military into Lebanese territory.

“We’ve been trying to make them aware that if they do nothing it will create chaos across our country.”

In his small office in Tripoli, the northern port that is Lebanon’s poorest city and the stronghold of Sunni support for former prime minister Saad Hariri, MPs from Hariri’s Future Movement nodded their approval while a delegation from the eastern Bekaa Valley border town of Arsal had travelled more than 100km to voice their concerns.

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