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Future: Beirut victims pay price of Hezbollah in Syria

Future movement bloc MPs attend a meeting in Beirut, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)

BEIRUT: The Future bloc said Wednesday the victims of Beirut’s southern suburbs are paying the price of Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria and demanded the formation of a Cabinet made up of nonpartisan ministers.

The bloc also commented on the recent assassination of former Minister Mohammad Shatah, saying the perpetrators behind the Dec. 27 killing were the same as those who committed the 2005 murder of Rafik Hariri.

While condemning the bombing in the Beirut southern suburb of Haret Hreik, the bloc said in a statement that it “offered condolences to the families of the victims and the Lebanese because they are innocent martyrs paying the price for the great sin committed by Hezbollah by involving Lebanon and the Lebanese in wars and problems they have nothing to do with.”

"This involvement is drowning Lebanon and the Shiite community in endless wars and aggression and causing harm to Lebanon and the Lebanese," it added.

The bloc’s statement was issued after its weekly meeting headed by MP Fouad Siniora.

Last week, a suicide bomber attacked the Beirut southern suburb of Haret Hreik, where Hezbollah enjoys broad support, killing five people and wounding over 70.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, ISIS, an Islamist rebel group in Syria, claimed responsibility for the bombing, vowing to carry out similar attacks in Lebanon against Hezbollah.

The bloc also demanded the formation of a government with nonpartisan ministers, adding that disputed issues among rival groups can be resolved at the National Dialogue table.

“The bloc asks both President Michel and PM-designate Tammam Salam to form a new government of nonpartisan [ministers] to pave the way for needed breakthroughs and to resolve pressing security and socioeconomic issues in Lebanon, while other disputed matters would be resolved through National Dialogue,” it said.

The parliamentary bloc also reiterated its implicit accusation against Syria and Hezbollah for the assassination of Shatah, a veteran diplomat and former senior aide of PM Saad Hariri.

“Shatah's assassination is a reminder that the criminals behind the assassination of Rafik Hariri in 2005 and the rest of the March 14 martyrs are still at large and have not yet been held accountable,” it said.

“But they continue to commit crimes without even considering that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon will convene soon,” it added, referring to the international tribunal trying Hezbollah suspects for the 2005 assassination of Hariri.

“They are the same criminals who merely seek to ruin Lebanon’s coexistence, the principles of openness and moderation and Lebanon's sovereignty, freedom and independence,” the bloc added.

“Shatah's assassination comes after a phase we thought was long gone but it seems that it is back with its political implications, its explosions and tools to intimidate and place the country in a new [problematic] phase,” the Future bloc said, referring to the political assassinations phase in the post-2005 period.

The bloc also vowed to confront Hezbollah’s arms through civil resistance.

“We are convinced that the Lebanese people will not surrender to the terror of criminals and terrorists regardless of the level of their tyranny and their tools,” it said.

“The Lebanese anticipate peaceful struggle through civil resistance to liberate Lebanon from illegitimate arms and the Syrian-Iranian tutelage which disrupted and destroyed Lebanon and harmed its image and future,” it added.

 

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The Future bloc said Wednesday the victims of Beirut's southern suburbs are paying the price of Hezbollah's involvement in Syria and demanded the formation of a Cabinet made up of nonpartisan ministers.

The bloc also commented on the recent assassination of former Minister Mohammad Shatah, saying the perpetrators behind the Dec. 27 killing were the same as those who committed the 2005 murder of Rafik Hariri.

The parliamentary bloc also reiterated its implicit accusation against Syria and Hezbollah for the assassination of Shatah, a veteran diplomat and former senior aide of PM Saad Hariri.

The bloc also vowed to confront Hezbollah's arms through civil resistance.


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