Gemayel Questions Government Over Hezbollah's Cross-Border Tunnels

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Gemayel Questions Government Over Hezbollah's Cross-Border Tunnels

Kataeb leader Samy Gemayel on Monday questioned the government over Hezbollah's cross-border tunnels which were recently uncovered by Israel and confirmed by the UNIFIL, seeking clarifications on what the government has done so far to deal with this issue.

In a letter addressed to Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, Gemayel asked that the government would be questioned on whether it has investigated this issue in order to uncover those who have bypassed the Lebanese State, and encroached on the authority of the army and the country's legitimate security forces.

The letter also demanded the government to make a clear stance regarding this blatant transgression of the State's sovereignty, and to announce the measures that it plans to take in order to prevent the use of those tunnels.

Gemayel based his questioning on the Constitution articles which clearly stipulate that the government is the only authority entitled to make peace and war decisions, and responsible of the country's armed forces. It is also pursuant to Penal Code provisions which deem any action not approved by the government as punishable, as well as to the UN Security Council Resolution 1701 which consider the Lebanese State as the sole legitimate authority that is allowed to deploy in the border area.

The lawmaker demanded that his question would be referred to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense, asking them to provide a written response within fifteen days pursuant to Article 124 of the Parliament's by-laws. Otherwise, an interrogation will be launched, pursuant to Article 126 of the Parliament's by-laws.