Baroud Confirms Illegal Construction on Public Property will Lead to Demolition


Caretaker Interior Minister Ziad Baroud has said that the government is taking responsibility for removing all illegal construction on state property.

“The state institutions did their duties. This issue isn’t targeting the residents, but it is against those who are violating the public right,” Baroud told As Safir newspaper.

Violating state property will not result in issuing a “settlement law later on,” but in bringing down the illegal constructions, he said.

The minister stressed that this process was a necessary decision taken by all parties to end illegal construction and remove any violation.

“This is part of a plan that will be continued by the army and ISF… Knowing that no one declared he is covering up these violations,” Baroud remarked.

Meanwhile, security forces managed to put an end to construction violations around Beirut airport fence in Ouzai area with the support of Hizbullah and AMAL officials after clashes with some of the residents.

Three officers were reportedly wounded and three citizens suffered minor injuries.

An Nahar daily said that the construction violations reached Burj al-Barajneh camp where the construction work neared the old airport road near the refugee camp entrance, the newspaper reported.

While in the south, Internal Security Forces gave a grace period of one week to more than 150 violators to avoid judicial prosecution, the newspaper added.