Sheikh Atef Qanso speaks to The Daily Star in Mukhtara, Friday, June 12, 2015. (The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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Two days ago at least 25 Druze were killed in Qalb Lozeh, in Syria's Idlib province, by Al-Qaeda-affiliate the Nusra Front.Druze Spiritual Leader Sheikh Naim Hasan and MP Walid Jumblatt called for calm, but Tawhid Party leader Wi'am Wahab said that Lebanon's Druze were ready to form an army of "200,000 fighters" to defend the Druze in Syria. The Qalb Lozeh attack is believed to be the deadliest targeting Druze since the Syrian war began in 2011 . Syria's Druze community has been divided in its support for the regime or opposition. But Ghazi Saab, director of Baaqlin's national library, dismissed that Lebanese Druze would carry arms, along with the possibility that Druze from Qalb Lozeh would flee to Lebanon, saying that Jumblatt has worked to calm the situation. "It [the Qalb Lozeh incident] might happen again, you never know," Saab said. But he contended that even if another incident occurred, Lebanon's Druze would not carry arms. After an emergency session for the Druze Spiritual Council Friday, Jumblatt called for calm and said the Qalb Lozeh shooting resulted from a personal dispute, adding that he would solve the matter through contacts.For his part, Hasan called for unity of the Syrian people.
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