Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk Sunday joined former premier Saad Hariri in warning Hezbollah against attacking the outskirts of Arsal to oust Islamist militants, saying such an assault entails sectarian consequences.In a televised speech last week, Nasrallah, apparently basking in the glory of his party's victory against the Nusra Front in Syria's Qalamoun mountain range, warned that if the Lebanese Army does not act to oust ISIS and Nusra militants from Arsal's outskirts, his party's fighters would do it themselves.Thousands of militants from Al-Qaeda's Nusra Front, ISIS and other Syrian rebel groups operate in the outskirts of Arsal and nearby Qalamoun area, where Hezbollah and the Syrian army have continued to make military advances since they launched an offensive earlier this month. Meanwhile, the war of words that flared Friday between the Future Movement and Hezbollah continued unabated Sunday with Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi lashing back at MP Mohammad Raad, head of Hezbollah's parliamentary bloc, for making "threatening" comments against him and the Future Movement's Secretary-General Ahmad Hariri.
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