Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri Saturday blasted the apparent visit to south Lebanon by an Iraqi militia leader.
“It constitutes a violation of Lebanese law and I contacted the military and security leaders concerned to conduct the necessary investigations and take measures,” Hariri said, according to a statement from his office.
The statement added that a video had been circulating on social media showing Iraqi militia commander touring southern border villages in military uniform.
“The video was filmed six days ago and constitutes a violation of Lebanese law,” the prime minister said.
Hariri contacted military and security leaders concerned to conduct the necessary investigations and take measures to prevent any person or party from carrying out foreign military activity on Lebanese territory.
“Measures should be taken to prevent any illegal acts as is shown in the video and prevent the person involved from entering Lebanon,” he said.
Quoting a security source, MTV reported that an “Iraqi military commander entered Lebanon illegally and the case is being followed up.”