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Hezbollah: March 14 on same footing as terrorists
From left, Hezbollah MPs Mohammad Raad, Ali Ammar and Nawaf Musawi attend a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Lebanon, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
From left, Hezbollah MPs Mohammad Raad, Ali Ammar and Nawaf Musawi attend a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Lebanon, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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BEIRUT: Hezbollah’s bloc accused its rivals in the March 14 coalition Thursday of providing a safe haven to to takfiri groups that have carried out suicide attacks in the country.

“[Attacks against the Army] are dangerous terrorist developments, the implementation of which is based on the March 14 group’s suspicious embrace of takfiri terrorists, who represent a serious threat to all Lebanese, as well as to national security, civil peace and coexistence,” the bloc said in a statement after its weekly meeting.

“The March 14 employs cheap political means to justify terrorist aggressions on Lebanon, by outlining deceptive pretexts [for terrorist acts], providing a safe haven for the attackers and adopting a fiery rhetoric, which makes the group a partner for the terrorists, causing their fake slogans about state building to collapse,” the statement, read by MP Hasan Fadlallah, said.

Lebanon has been rocked by car bombs and suicide attacks in various parts of the country since the summer. Earlier this week, the Army said two suicide bombers attacked soldiers, killing an officer.

The March 14 coalition has blasted Hezbollah’s participation in the fighting in Syria and said the resistance group’s interference brought takfiris to Lebanon.

The parliamentary bloc also noted that Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria has spared the country from “waves of car bombs and suicide attacks that could have been more in number,” saying the party sensed the takfiri threat early on and confronted it on the Lebanese border with Syria.

Responding to the March 14 coalition, the bloc said: “Those who want to consider this confrontation as provoking the suicide attacks are fooling the Lebanese and are employing these attacks to settle political accounts with Hezbollah at the expense of Lebanon.”

“It is now everyone's duty to be part of a national plan to protect the country and the people from takfiri terrorism and Israeli terrorism,” the statement said.

The bloc also defended Iran against Future Movement’s allegations that its policy was to support regimes that “kill their people” and to divide Muslims in order to “cover up their aggressions against Arabs.”

The Future Movement’s attack on Tehran came in response to Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah’s claims that Saudi intelligence was behind the Iranian Embassy bombing last month.

“[Accusations against Iran] aim to cover up the involvement of their regional and international bosses in the Lebanese crisis, the [March 14's] orders to disrupt Cabinet formation and reject dialogue, their incitement against the resistance and their involvement in supporting takfiri terrorists and their suicide attacks on the Iranian Embassy,” Hezbollah said.

The bloc urged the March 14 group, which it said was overwhelmed with efforts to change the balance of power in Lebanon, to reevaluate its stance and learn from previous experiences particularly in Syria “where betting on takfiri groups only destroyed Syria and complicated the possibility of reaching a political solution.”

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