Jaafar Clan Denies Formation of 'Military Wing'
Al-Jaafar clan denied on Wednesday media reports saying that it has formed a military wing, stressing solidarity with the families of the kidnapped Lebanese in Syria.
“We haven’t formed any military wing as long as there is an army that protects the nation.” the clan said in a statement.
The statement stressed on the clan’s solidarity with the families of the kidnapped Lebanese in Syria, confirming that it will exert efforts to release them.
“We are keen on safeguarding the civil peace, the nation’s stability and coexistence” among all Lebanese.
Al-Jaafar called on all parties to exert efforts to free the abducted Lebanese.
Last week, al-Meqdad clan announced the formation of a previously unknown military wing after the Free Syrian Army allegedly abducted of Hassan Salim al-Meqdad in Damascus, prompting the kidnapping of Syrians in Lebanon said to be active in the FSA, and a Turkish national to press the release of Hassan.
Eleven Lebanese pilgrims were also kidnapped in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo on their way home from a pilgrimage to Iran on May 22.
Conflicting reports have emerged on their fate after Syrian government forces shelled the area of Aazaz where they were being held.