Mallah said Civil Defense volunteers would donate their first salaries if they become full-time employees. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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An internal dispute was sparked within the Civil Defense Tuesday as the body's General Directorate rejected a news conference held by volunteers threatening to go to Syria if they are not made full-time employees.The dispute erupted after Youssef Malah, representative of the Civil Defense's volunteers, gave Cabinet a 72-hour deadline to meet the volunteers' demand for full-time employment, or they would join humanitarian committees in Syria. Malah said that the Civil Defense would never carry weapons but would strictly cooperate with humanitarian committees in Lebanon's war-torn neighbor Syria.Lebanon's Civil Defense is comprised of over 3,200 volunteers and a few hundred salaried employees.Malah and the volunteers will be meeting Machnouk Thursday to relay their demands.
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