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Future urges Hezbollah withdraw fighters from Syria
Future parliamentary bloc attend a meeting in Beirut, Tuesday, April 30, 2013. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
Future parliamentary bloc attend a meeting in Beirut, Tuesday, April 30, 2013. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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BEIRUT: The Future parliamentary bloc urged Hezbollah Tuesday to end its involvement in Syria, warning that the continued presence of the group’s fighters in Syria would only serve the interests of Israel.

“[The Future parliamentary rejects] continuing reports that indicate the depth of Hezbollah’s involvement in the fighting in Syria in support of the unjust and criminal regime against its people and citizens,” MP Ziad Qaderi, reading the group’s weekly statement, said.

“Hezbollah’s continuing participation in this crime departs from national, moral and humane principles and this intervention threatens to throw Lebanon toward an abyss of great danger which would expose [Lebanon] to all sorts of dangers and interference in its internal affairs,” it added.

Reports in recent months point to a growing involvement by Hezbollah in neighboring Syria. The resistance group has acknowledged the presence of fighters in Syrian border towns with Lebanese Shiite populations but says their actions are aimed solely at helping residents defend against rebel attacks.

“The first step Hezbollah should take at this stage ... is to withdraw its fighters from Syria and return these Lebanese youths to their families in order to open the way for national and political life to return to the fore,” the Future parliamentary bloc statement said.

“The young Lebanese who were in the ranks of Hezbollah to fight Israel are today being transformed ... toward fighting their Syrian brothers which is in Israel’s interest,” it added.

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