Billionaire businessman Najib Mikati has warned to take up arms if the Lebanese army won’t control the situation in Tripoli.
Hailing from the northern city of Tripoli, the former premier, who is also the leader of the Azm Movement, has several institutions there.
One of them, the AZM School, was a target by vandals who set fire to various buildings in the second capital on Thursday evening. Rioters were not able to breach the security at the school.
Speaking to Al-Jadeed on Friday, Mikati warned, “If the army is not able to control the situation in Tripoli in the coming hours, then we are heading for the worst and I may have to take up arms to protect myself and my institutions.”
In fact, he reportedly already deployed gunmen into the streets of Tripoli on Thursday night to protect his property.