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Jumblatt urges Syrian Druze to join uprising

Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt lights a candle and holds a paper with "Homs" written on it in Arabic. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt reiterated Tuesday his call on the Druze inhabitants of Syria's Jabal al-Arab to join the Syrian revolt.

“On the occasion of the anniversary of the death of Sultan Pasha Atrash, which coincides with the anniversary of the martyrdom of Kamal Jumblatt ... we renew our call to our brethren in Jabal al-Arab to join the [Syrian] revolution in line with their history of struggle and nationalism,” Jumblatt said in a letter to Muntaha Atrash.

Atrash is the daughter of prominent Druze leader and Syrian nationalist Sultan Pasha Atrash who died on March 26, 1982 from a heart attack.

Atrash was also the leader of the Syrian Revolution (1925–1927). He fought against the Ottomans, French, and the Syrian government in its days of dictatorship. He played a major role in deciding the destiny of Jabal al-Druze and of Syria in general.





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