Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk speaks at a memorial service in honor of the late ISF information branch head Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan in Beirut, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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A war of words erupted over the weekend between the Future Movement and Hezbollah, signaling a major political escalation as the country faced mounting security threats from Islamist militants.Implicitly referring to Hezbollah, Machnouk said "partisan immunity" has led to the failure of the security plan in Lebanon, adding that security forces have primarily targeted members of his Sunni community.Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mohammad Fneish, one of the two Hezbollah ministers in the Cabinet, indirectly hit back at Machnouk, rejecting the talk about "security balance".Hezbollah MP Hasan Fadlallah also implicitly lashed out at Machnouk.Hezbollah came under fire by several prominent March 14 figures, including Justice Minister Asraf Rifi last week, who claimed that the party was implicated in the attacks on Army positions in Tripoli. Hezbollah has rejected the charges.
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