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Jumblatt warns Syria's Druze against sectarian conflict

In this picture taken on May 28, 2014, Walid Jumblatt, the political leader of Lebanon's minority Druse sect, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

BEIRUT: MP Walid Jumblatt Tuesday urged Syrian Druze not to fall prey to the Syrian regime's plan to incite sectarian strife and drag them into a bloody battle with others, which he said would bolster the regime’s position.

“I call on you to be alert for what might happen in the next few days from security campaigns that include people of other sects, be aware not to be dragged into a sectarian war that only serves the regime,” Jumblatt said in an appeal to the residents of Jabal Sheikh in Syria.

The Progressive Socialist Party leader said Syrians would eventually gain their freedom as a result of the Druze people’s “sacrifices and solidarity with their counterparts of the free people of Syria from various areas and sects.”

“Once again, I come to you via the media to affirm your nationalism and tell you that I rely on your awareness and responsibility to foil the project of sectarian strife that the Syrian regime is trying so hard to plant among you and between your Syrian brothers from other sects.”

The aim of the project, Jumblatt noted, was to intervene at the right time and regain control of areas that were liberated from its oppression.

Jumblatt, a staunch critic of Syrian President Bashar Assad, has repeatedly urged Druze in Syria to join the revolt.

“Your exceptional efforts to foil such plans of the regime to turn Syrian areas against each other and drag them into bloody battles ... affirms that you side with what is right in the face of conspiracies that the Syrian regime has always adopted,” Jumblatt said.

“The fact that you refrained from joining the so-called national defense force, which is nothing more than Shabiha groups seeking to oppress, is proof of your nationalism.”

 

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