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Hezbollah denies role in clashes

Lebanese soldiers on armored vehicles drive toward Arsal, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Hezbollah Tuesday denied its fighters intervened in the ongoing clashes between the Lebanese Army and militants from Syria in Arsal, while commending the government for its unified stance in support of the military.

“ Hezbollah affirms that addressing militarily developments on the ground, protecting civilians and confronting terrorist groups were the exclusive responsibility of the Lebanese Army,” Hezbollah said in a statement.

“ Hezbollah did not intervene in what happened or is happening in Arsal.”

A number of Future lawmakers and some media outlets said the resistance group, already battling armed groups in Syria alongside regime troops, was assisting the Army in its fight against militants in the northeastern town of Arsal.

Hezbollah-backed Syrian regime troops have engaged in fierce battles with radical groups including the Nusra Front in Qalamoun, a mountainous region bordering Arsal and other Lebanese towns, in an attempt to root out rebels there.

Hezbollah also praised the unified stand of the government in support of the Army.

“The stance confirms the national consensus on supporting the Lebanese Army in the face of takfiri terror and confronts attempts to sabotage civil peace and violate Lebanon’s sovereignty,” the party said.

“ Hezbollah praises local media outlets for deciding to back the Army and refraining from broadcasting or printing anything that might harm the military.”

The government of Prime Minister Tammam Salam unanimously threw its weight behind the military Monday. Salam underlined that the Cabinet, in which rival political groups are represented, stands unanimously behind the Army in its combat against the militants.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 06, 2014, on page 3.

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Summary

Hezbollah Tuesday denied its fighters intervened in the ongoing clashes between the Lebanese Army and militants from Syria in Arsal, while commending the government for its unified stance in support of the military.

A number of Future lawmakers and some media outlets said the resistance group, already battling armed groups in Syria alongside regime troops, was assisting the Army in its fight against militants in the northeastern town of Arsal.

Hezbollah also praised the unified stand of the government in support of the Army.


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