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Conflict Incident Report

Scuffle between ISF and Army officers at Beirut airport

Date of incident: 
September 25, 2017
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Actors/Parties Involved: 
Internal Security Forces (ISF)
Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF)
A personal dispute between two high-ranking officers stationed at Beirut’s airport reportedly erupted into a clash recently.
Lebanese Army Brig. Gen. George Doumit and Internal Security Forces Col. Bilal al-Hajjal were involved in a dispute when Hajjal voiced his frustration with Doumit’s denial of a number of passes to several civilians to enter a “forbidden area” in the airport.
Interior Minister Machnouk later intervened and calmed tensions between the two. However, Machnouk reportedly vowed to sack the two officers from their positions if the bickering continued.
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Power & governance conflicts
Violent or non-violent conflicts associated with antagonisms related to internal political tensions between local and/or national groups and parties. These tensions may be encouraged by internal, regional and international parties. Such conflicts are characterized by their defiance and/or opposition to central State power and governance.