File - Hezbollah supporters listen to the speech of Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah during a ceremony in Aita Shaab, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Hezbollah saved Lebanon from a plot by Islamist gunmen to expand their territory, a party official said Monday, boasting that the group was capable of repelling imminent attacks similar to Sunday's border violence.Meanwhile, March 14 officials blamed Hezbollah for the clashes that erupted near the Lebanese border village of Brital Sunday, calling for the deployment of an international peacekeeping force along the porous border with Syria to protect the country.Hezbollah sources told The Daily Star Sunday that the Nusra Front attacked two posts on the border with Syria near Lebanese villages.Describing the weekend attacks as a "desperate move" by Islamist gunmen to secure a passage to Lebanon, the Hezbollah official reaffirmed that the party's tripartite defense formula was critical to protect Lebanon.Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said Nusra's penetration of Lebanese border towns should prompt the government to force Hezbollah to pull out of Syria.The March 14 secretariat also repeated calls for the Lebanese government to deploy peacekeeping forces along the border with Syria.
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