Muslim Ulemas Regain Sidon's Bilal bin Rabah Mosque

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A delegation of Muslim Ulemas, headed by Sidon Mufti Sheikh Salim Sousan, regained on Saturday control of the southern city's Bilal bin Rabah mosque.

The delegation toured the complex that was damaged in the clashes between the army and the mosque's Imam Salafist cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir on Sunday and Monday.

Sousan said: “This mosque taught the people peace and stability. It will once again regain its role in the Muslim community.”

“The army and the rest of the city's officials will cooperate in order to restore order and normal life in Sidon,” he stressed.

Asked by reporters about the discovery of weapons at the mosque, the mufti replied: “We oppose the illegitimate arms and support the army. We demand a society of law and order.”

Asked about the people's anger about the clashes, he responded: “Aren't they entitled to be angry given the destruction in their city?”

“Israel is our only enemy,” declared Sousan.

Commenting on the arrests made in the aftermath of the clashes, he said: “Some of the suspects may be innocent and others may be guilty. I predict that several of them will be released in the upcoming days.”

“The fact that someone is religious does not make them a terrorist,” he emphasized.

He then announced that the mosque will be reopened in the future and that Sheikh Mohammed Abou Zeid will become its new imam.

Eighteen soldiers were killed and 50 were wounded in clashes between the army and armed supporters of al-Asir in Sidon on Sunday and Monday.

Meanwhile, State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr, who is overseeing the Lebanese Army Intelligence's investigation with the detained suspects, acquitted 29 arrested men on Saturday and handed over the apartment of al-Asir to its owners.

By this, the number of acquitted detainees has reached 101, while 40 are still in jail.

More than 20 of al-Asir's supporters were killed, according to a security official.

Dozens of them were also arrested, but there was no sign of the cleric.

The Ulemas accused on Wednesday Hizbullah fighters of taking part in the battles alongside the army, despite assertions by various officials that the army acted alone in combating the gunmen.

The army on Thursday handed over a group of soldiers accused of abusing a detainee to the military police for questioning, a military source and the state-run National News Agency said.

The move came after amateur video emerged showing a group of soldiers humiliating, beating and kicking a man suspected of supporting al-Asir.

Comments 9
Thumb terminator 29 June 2013, 13:50

i hope bshari burns you sick animal

Thumb Lebanon4life 29 June 2013, 13:59

Stop insulting my home town !!!

Thumb benzona 29 June 2013, 14:48

What an ugly and hateful message. Va jouer!

Missing sugaredcoffee 29 June 2013, 15:08

The only thing worse than young za3ran are old za3ran like the phoenix.

Missing sugaredcoffee 29 June 2013, 17:22

So if someone doesnt like what you write they must be quiet, but if you dont like what someone writes then you can threaten? Go find a hobby instead of lecturing people on naharnet. You cant even live up to your own lectures lol. If you talk like za3ran you should be able to handle it when people reply to you. Yalla, try not change your position 1000 times, try to stick with this new one at least for a couple of days.

Missing peace 29 June 2013, 19:04

if you want pest control against assir then you also should ask pest control against hezbis.... same extremism chia version... no double standards!

Missing helicopter 29 June 2013, 23:04

I am still trying to reconcile your avatar with your positions and such is an impossibility. It is like forcing a square peg in a round hole.

Missing helicopter 29 June 2013, 23:07

In that case phoenix, that means only 10% are Salafists/Wahabis/Heart-eaters. Which means Hezb militia is not needed to keep al;l Lebanese safe from them, the army is more than up to the task. So lets agree on disarming Hezb and the Palestinians now, forget the dialogue.

Thumb m1key 29 June 2013, 23:10

right helicopter because Bashir Gemayel was a huge advocate for Wahhabis and Salafists