Jumblat: Sidon Must be Returned to its People away from 'al-Asir Phenomenon'

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Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat on Sunday called for supporting the army in order to “foil strife,” saying the clashes-hit southern city of Sidon “must be returned to its people away from the 'Asirist phenomenon',” in reference to Islamist cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir.

“The army and the state are our only option and I contacted everyone to tell them that Sidon must remain the capital of the resistance and must be spared the Syrian conflict,” Jumblat said in an interview on al-Jadeed television, in the wake of clashes in Sidon's Abra between the army and Asir's supporters that left 10 army troops dead, among them two officers.

“Why should we be dragged into the Syrian trap in Sidon and Tripoli? Let us dissociate ourselves in order to foil sedition and we support the army,” he added.

He revealed that MP Bahia Hariri was “complaining of the presence of gunmen near her residence,” adding that he contacted Hizbullah security chief Wafiq Safa and “he promised me to withdraw the Hizbullah gunmen from the area surrounding Abra.”

“Sidon must be returned to its people away from the 'Asirist phenomenon' and the other activities,” Jumblat added.

He stressed that “we cannot ask the army to negotiate with those who killed its officers and soldiers.”

“There is a major rift and we must not await for the Syrian crisis to be resolved as they maliciously announced in Doha that the Syrian war will be long,” Jumblat said.

He revealed that he will dispatch caretaker Social Affairs Minister Wael Abu Faour to Saudi Arabia to “consult with” former Prime Minister Saad Hariri on means to “pull the country out of the governmental vacuum.”

“To those who attacked us with eggs and tomatoes I say: we made the right decision," Jumblat added, referring to protesters who condemned the 128 MPs for the extension of parliament's term over “security reasons.”

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Thumb primesuspect 23 June 2013, 22:59


Hizballa fuera
Palestinians fuera
other armed men, fuera

Thumb primesuspect 23 June 2013, 23:48

fuera = out

Thumb primesuspect 24 June 2013, 03:48

anyone who doesnt disarm ==> thrown into the no man's land between 2 countries. none of them would represent a threat if they're unarmed civilians willing to integrate our society. then, and then only we should review our consideration for the pals and the shias of the south who are considered as 3rd class citizens.

Missing rudy 24 June 2013, 21:47

Phoenix none of these are plausible. Its more of a wishful comment

Missing realist 23 June 2013, 23:11

Thank you defense minister Mr. Safa for your grace lol

Thumb Senescence 23 June 2013, 23:23

Right, it's all about you and what you did right. It always is.

Thumb primesuspect 23 June 2013, 23:50

anyone who has a maid in lebanon owns a slave.

Missing trueleb 24 June 2013, 00:29

Hey gabby14 to hell with you and that scum Asir .

Missing cedars 24 June 2013, 01:25

Weapons=NO that's the problem.
No Weapons outside the state. We said it 10yrs ago.
Jail the politicians that are supporting their dogs to carry weapons, starting with Palestinians, Hizb, so-called Assir's, Tripoli's both sides. only the stupid will make the same mistake twice. everyone knew this was coming in the presence of keeping Nahr EL Bared or Palestinian/Hizb weapons roaming around..now we have stupid fanatics getting armed to fight them and have attacked the state in the middle of all this..

Default-user-icon Rudy Haugeneder (Guest) 24 June 2013, 06:25

The democratic West -- Americans, British, and Nato -- support the Salafists who are funded and trained by Saudi Arabia and Qatar among other Arab oil states, to ethnically cleanse (eliminate) Shi'ites and anybody else , incuding Christians, who oppose absolute Sharia law.
It is hard to understand Western reasoning.

Default-user-icon Hassan (Guest) 24 June 2013, 08:08

Can't wait when it is all out war .. To see these dogs getting slaughtered by the Wahhabis .. Very soon we will see these cowards and there family like those in Syria ... You american and Saudi dogs ..

Default-user-icon dddd (Guest) 24 June 2013, 08:54

for once u got it right frodo!

Missing alpha1 24 June 2013, 11:07

As part of the inner circle of HA , we have officially declared war on the " Sunni Fanatics" that have attacked our LAF .

Default-user-icon Double Standard (Guest) 24 June 2013, 13:13

FT : you're so full of shit you should be banned for being either an complete imbecile or a propagandist spreading lies and hate.

You cannot blindly accuse others or receiving Saudi Funding and accept Iranian Funding at the same time.

You cannot accept that the army reacts to the death of soldiers (God rest their souls) and do nothing about the murder of a civilian at the hands of Hezbollah.

The moment you start condemning both sides is the moment bullshit will stop flowing through your mouth.

Default-user-icon Accountability (Guest) 24 June 2013, 14:16

the same lrule applies on you john blat...Please, return Mount Lebanon and the Chouf to the Christians; did you forget the tase of the canons that hizbala treated you with?

Default-user-icon Amanpour (Guest) 24 June 2013, 15:00

Wolf, Naharnet should also send all your insults to Amanpour to show what your understanding of freedom of speech is.

I read many of your comments which includes the words : Sunni Pigs, Whores, Bitch, Fuck. They include call for violence and hatred against all Sunnis in General...

This is your standards for Freedom of Speech ? Freedom to insult others ? Hate Speech ? Racism ? Libel and defamation ?

Don't you dare talk about freedom of speech when you don't understand the meaning of these words so many have died for !

Missing rudy 24 June 2013, 21:49

Lol burn