March 14 ministers inside the Parliament's assembly, Thursday, July 23, 2014 (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament,HO)
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Lebanese lawmakers Saturday urged the international community to take immediate action to protect Christians in Iraq's Mosul and put an end to Israel's brutal aggression against civilians in Gaza, stressing on Arab and Muslim unity in the face of rising extremism.In a rare session for lawmakers -- who have been at loggerheads over attending Parliament sessions altogether -- Speaker Nabih Berri convened a meeting in the General Assembly to express Lebanon's solidarity with Gaza and Christians in Iraq. While deploring ISIS action against Christians, Berri said Lebanon's Parliament demanded the U.N. Security Council put an end to this "organized crime," and return those who were forced to flee.The first to speak was Head of the Change and Reform bloc MP Michel Aoun who questioned the international silence and inaction with regards to discrimination against Christians in Iraq's northern city of Mosul and events in Gaza, urging the U.N. Security Council to protect the minority group and keep them in their land.Speaking on behalf of Hezbollah, Loyalty to the Resistance MP Ali Fayyad said the Israel remained a threat not only to Palestinians but also to Lebanon, saying the resistance group would remain committed to its role against the Jewish state.
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