NNA - The city of Tripoli witnessed Sunday morning a major sports event marked by the "Half Marathon" race that set out in the early hours of the day, under the auspices of Prime Minister Saad Hariri represented by his Advisor, Abdul-Ghani Kabbara.
More than 20,000 athletes from Lebanon and numerous Arab and foreign countries took part in the Marathon, with the participation of Maher Dennawi representing former PM Najib Mikati, Northern Governor Ramzi Nohra, Tripoli's deputies and prominent figures and various youth, social and trade unions and associations, student bodies and a crowd of citizens.
The four-hour race took place in a smooth and tranquil atmosphere, while strict security measures were adopted by the Internal Security Forces and main roads leading to the race track were closed off to traffic which was diverted to other roads, so citizens can easily move around the city.
In his delivered word on the occasion, Kabbara conveyed PM Hariri's greetings to all the participants in the race and to the people of Tripoli, considering that "this sports festival reflects the true image of the capital of the North."
Kabbara hoped that "efforts would be united to ensure the rise of Tripoli economically and developmentally," stressing that "the painful and denounced terrorist incident that hit the city was an individual act that happens in most Arab, European and American states." He called herein on the Army, the Internal Security Forces and all other security apparatuses to "strike with an iron fist against anyone who wishes to tamper with the security of Tripoli or any other region in Lebanon."
Kabbara emphasized on unity and solidarity to save the country from its current ordeals.