Hizbullah Condemns Sidon Clashes: Army Guarantor for Civil Peace in Lebanon

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Hizbullah slammed on Monday the attack against the army by supporters of Salafist cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir in the southern city of Sidon on Sunday.

Its said in a statement: “The army is the guarantor of civil peace in Lebanon and any attack against it is tantamount to an attack against the entire nation.”

“The attack against the army on Sunday is an attack against all the Lebanese and their security, present, and future,” it declared.

It highlighted the dangerousness of the attack since it targeted a “main state institution that guarantees Lebanon's civil peace.”

The attack should stand as an opportunity for the Lebanese, regardless of their affiliations, to support the army, continued the statement.

Hizbullah also demanded that “all measures be taken to put a complete stop to such assaults against the army and bring the assailants to justice.”

Sixteen soldiers have been killed in the clashes, the army said Monday, in violence tied to rising sectarian tensions fanned by the Syria conflict.

The fighting began on Sunday on the outskirts of Sidon and intensified on Monday.

The security cabinet pledged the military would fight until it "finishes with" al-Asir.

A military judge issued a warrant for the controversial cleric's arrest, a judicial source said.

The violence is among the worst in Lebanon since the start of the Syrian conflict, which has inflamed sectarian tensions in the country, particularly between Shiite supporters of the Damascus regime and Sunni backers of the uprising.

Comments 32
Thumb geha 24 June 2013, 18:22

hizbushaitan is the reason why Lebanon is destabilized.

Thumb Elemental 24 June 2013, 18:30

Ok let's see here, having Salafists with weapons? Sure that's wrong. BUT HA with weapons is ok? That doesn't make sense. Second, sure you're praising the Army, but you yourselves push the army away when something happens in YOUR areas. Enough with the double standards and acting like you're saints.

Thumb Elemental 24 June 2013, 18:32

Maybe they're words would be credible if they allowed the army into their areas, all access. Till then, I'm not buying a single word.

Missing idris_gray 24 June 2013, 19:26

Lebanon is just a disaster. Sorry to say...

Missing mark 24 June 2013, 19:52

Disarming HA is the solution for all Lebanon's problem.

Missing antibiotic 24 June 2013, 20:14

19:06] MP Bahia Hariri to NOW: There are suspicious members inside the Lebanese army

Duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh its an iranian proxy, a partisan, lebanons finished weather we like it or not, thank you oh HISTORICAL treacherous shia

Thumb Elemental 24 June 2013, 20:47

I have yet to see the army enter a HA controlled area without "resistance" That's proof they're with the army 100% the day that ever happens.

Thumb benzona 24 June 2013, 20:57

The summit of hypocrisy has been reached by hezb Ebola today....

You know what pains me most? The poor soldiers being instrumentalized by the generals nominated with Syria's approval.

Examples : general Tannous who later picked Michel Aoun.

The fallen soldiers are Allah yirhamon naïve.... They weren't defending their country.... But the axis of evil agenda.

Thumb _citizen_ 24 June 2013, 21:00

collateral damage in Qahwaji's bid for the presidency.

Thumb benzona 24 June 2013, 22:18

Very sad and painful to admit it! ;-/

Missing peace 25 June 2013, 00:30

LOL if the army decides to take hezbi weapons and integrate them in the amry's arsenal i am not sure hezbis will have the same point of view! that is pure hypocrisy !

Thumb jabal10452 25 June 2013, 00:42

HA is the absolute master of hypocrisy and deceit. They have effectively taken the country hostage and operate totally outside our institutions while preaching to us the importance of respecting the same institutions that they have hollowed out.

Default-user-icon Ilovelebanon (Guest) 25 June 2013, 00:47

Wow, now I see why we will never have peace in Lebanon! These pathetic excuse for human beings, AKA Sunnis, are just so full of anger and hatred. After all, you cannot be human if you can behead another human being and think nothing of it. I have never in my life known anyone who is as evil as sunnis are. Long live Hizbollah and death to Al-Asir and fadel Shaker. The only ones to ever support Lebanon was and will always be Hizbollah!

Missing peace 25 June 2013, 10:19

"I have never in my life known anyone who is as evil as sunnis are."

= you......

Default-user-icon John (Guest) 25 June 2013, 00:53

Hezzbula is the defacto forces inside Libanon,if they told the lebanese forces to jump,they would have say,,,how high!!So why don,t the lebanese force stop the Hezzbula to move as they like into syria?. the guverment are just some without any credibility

Missing helicopter 25 June 2013, 02:51

Look how they choose to make their supporters look civilized. They choose good looking women or girls that not wearing Hijab (they look nothing like their Almanar reporters or employees. It is called propaganda.

Thumb LebCynic 25 June 2013, 05:32

You seriously made that comment?? Dude look at the Islamic woman in Tripoli, they look like a 88lt garbage bag getting around!!

Thumb LebCynic 25 June 2013, 05:30

In the entire of the Hezballah existence since 1982 they have not once had a confrontation with the LAF or any legitimate security institution in Lebanon, so all you hard line extremists demanding that Hezballah lay down their arms simply have your own extremist agenda to arm other extremist goons similar to asir.. Simple facts remain and history speaks for itself… It is the likes of geha that wish to see Lebanon become a strict Islamic hub but the fact is the Lebanese minorities are too proud and freedom loving to give in to these terrorists. As long as we have a brave LAF defending us we will always prevail against this wave of terror.

Thumb general_puppet 25 June 2013, 06:08

Zadig, that was an excellent comment... there is no denying what you said. Unfortunately building a country means nothing, to Hizballah's cheerleaders.

Default-user-icon sanchez (Guest) 25 June 2013, 08:23

HA fighters went to Syria to fight against Assad opponents which provoked this recent violence. In 2006 HA kidnapped 2 Israeli soldiers and unleashed the Israeli attacks. Is there a pattern here ? Of course, but let's hope they can find their way away from this aggression and can transform into a strong political voice that is not only heard through violence. We're grateful for HA for driving out the Israelis from the south but their heroics for Lebanese Sovereignty must not be undermined by acts that bring mass violence to the cities and residence of Lebanon. On a separate but slightly related note. Palestinian Camps where some Syrian refugees are ending up are not much worst than some poor areas of Dahieh and Ouzai. As long as the Lebanese people do not invest in welfare and education for the poor who are living in miserable conditions and have lost hope, there will always be people, religious or not, that will exploit them to hate others and fight for one cause or another.

Missing bigjohn 25 June 2013, 09:51

"HA fighters went to Syria to fight against Assad opponents which provoked this recent violence. In 2006 HA kidnapped 2 Israeli soldiers and unleashed the Israeli attacks". If that was the reason, then the Takfiris of ASSIR should have fought HA in Syria or even in Lebanon. Asir is just a payed puppet for Zionist America and the Arab potentates. And HA "kidnapped 2 Israeli soldiers". Yes, it is okay for Israel to kill, kidnap, invade, colonize, but the natives have no right to defend themselves because we are the slaves for the Zionist colonizers.

Default-user-icon sanchez (Guest) 25 June 2013, 10:33

Someone once told me something I will never forget. The Christians went to the west and came back as the Crusaders. The Jews came back as Zionists. The Arabs, especially the Lebanese, are all over the world ... what will they come back as ? Have they been defined yet ? When the Arabs from the West come back, no weapons or murderers will stand in their way and the revolution will be peaceful and justified, and it will not involve religion because we are all the same under the eyes of god. You want to meet fire with fire ... but you should meet it with water. Anyway, the future is much more about shifts in the generations thinking that petty tit for tat, you kill me I kill you is so unenlightened.

Missing bigjohn 25 June 2013, 20:44

"You want to meet fire with fire ... but you should meet it with water" Now that is deterence?

Default-user-icon sanchez (Guest) 26 June 2013, 11:16

The point was that we have no military deterrence against the Israelis and Americans, they can wipe us all out in the blink of an eye and that includes Iran. We must find another way, one that doesn't include an eye for an eye mentality and one that does not involve an arms race where Arabs are buying weapons from Americans or Russians to kill each other. The Japanese lost World War 2, then they went on to beat the Americans at their own game ... Capitalism ! I would prefer to give a young Arab a computer so he can learn to make money and bring himself and his family out of the misery they live in, than a gun which will get him and his whole family killed. Also, don't be so fooled about Shia vs Sunni. There is no such thing, this is a fabrication to distract from the real issue which is, Assad can't keep winning 99% of the vote in a phoney election and keep his entourage nice and rich while the rest of the Syrians live in poverty with no education or social welfare.

Default-user-icon abu bakr (Guest) 25 June 2013, 09:26

bandits definitely different from fighter, fighter always know for what they fight..bandit fight along with their master zionis and the gang

Missing bigjohn 25 June 2013, 09:39

"Army Guarantor for Civil Peace in Lebanon"... Actually the Police is suppose to be responsible for civil peace and the Army is suppose to liberate the country and protect the borders from the Israeli terrorist state. But, like ALL Arab worthless governments, the Army is weak and can not play the role the the masses in Lebanon and the entire Arab world want. When Arab states become strong like Iran and stop bending over to Zionist America and the Israeli terrorist expansionist state, then a political party will not be stronger than a state and the Lebanese and Arab masses will not feel so humilated and would have REAL governmnets.

Thumb LebDinosaur 25 June 2013, 09:51

Hezb has no credibility saying this. Let this apply to them first. They are the main reason everything is polarized now in Lebanon.

Default-user-icon dddd (Guest) 25 June 2013, 10:06

Thank you Hizbo bas remember u are illegal too!
u are the biggest concern Assir was a joke!

Missing bigjohn 25 June 2013, 10:13

In less than a year Israel has bombed Gaza, Sudan, and Syria with IMPUNITY (no retaliation). Even though Israel blames HA for the Bulgarian bus bombing, Israel did not bomb HA in Lebanon. Why? Because HA would retaliate, just like if Israel bombed Iran...Iran would retaliate because HA and Iran have deterence. The worthless Arab states (and yes I am including Syria) do not.

Missing thomas... 25 June 2013, 10:47

da3ess ya hizb da3ess. too many bugs needs to go.

Default-user-icon Edward (Guest) 25 June 2013, 13:13

Maybe they should put their words into action

Thumb sophia_angle 25 June 2013, 16:05

well if you let me choose btw heart eaters n HA i go for HA...we don't need any zumbies around now do we?