Berri Denounces Sidon Clashes, Describes Assault on Army as 'Treason'

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Speaker Nabih Berri considered on Monday that targeting the army is rejected and condemned, describing it as a “treason.”

“The army command has the right to do whatever it sees appropriate to defend the country and prevent anyone from meddling with its security,” Berri said in comments published in An Nahar newspaper.

The speaker warned that no one will survive if the country drowned in sedition.

According to the newspaper, Berri contacted on Sunday ex-Prime Minister and the head of al-Mustaqbal movement, Saad Hariri, and MP Fouad Saniora.

He stressed to the officials that Hizbullah and AMAL members are not engaged in the battles in the southern city of Sidon.

At least twelve Lebanese soldiers were killed in less than 24 hours in clashes with supporters of Salafist cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir in the Sidon suburb of Abra.

Abra is home to a mosque, Bilal bin Rabah, where Asir leads the main weekly prayers on Fridays. The sheikh believes Hizbullah uses apartments in Abra to keep him under surveillance.

He also says the Lebanese army has provided cover to Hizbullah, whose members are fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar Assad's troops against rebels.

Asir was unknown until around two years ago, when he gained prominence for his opposition to Hizbullah and its ally Assad.

The military urged political leaders in Sidon to choose sides and to stand either alongside the army, or with "those who promote strife and the killing of troops".

Comments 6
Thumb benzona 24 June 2013, 08:15

Berri, lol, the man who killed thousands in the 80s.....

The civil war never ended, with the exception of Geagea, none of the actors paid for their crimes. Aoun, Berri, Nasrallah, Jumblatt, etc...

They all belong to the Hague next to Milosevic.

Thumb LebCynic 24 June 2013, 08:34

Berri is 1,000,000% on this.

Thumb benzona 24 June 2013, 08:47

You know that Chechnya is part of the Russian Federation. It's partly true as my family is from Saint-Petersburg. You know that Vlad is supporting your uncle Bachar. You should be good to me, we share common interests. LOL. Treat me with respect. BTw, You do indeed look like a Claoun.... It suits you well, you should keep it.

Missing alpha1 24 June 2013, 10:52

As part of HA inner circle , we officially have declared war on all "Sunni Fanatics" for the current attacks on our LAF .

Missing lebanese_uae 24 June 2013, 12:53

shut up and stay with your master in a hole underground..
you are the cancer who brought all this mess to lebanon.
just go back in time and see how everything was ok before your HA start spreading his cancer in triploi & saida and send his pigs to Syria..

Missing trueleb 24 June 2013, 11:14

Well said Mr Berri.