Progressive Socialist Party chief Walid Jumblatt speaks at a news conference in Beirut on Friday June 12 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The killing of at least 20 Druze civilians in northwest Syria by Islamist militants was an "isolated incident" incomparable to the atrocities committed by the Syrian regime every day, Progressive Socialist leader Walid Jumblatt said.The Druze leader, who is a prominent critic of Syrian President Bashar Assad and his regime, said Syria's Druze community should seek full reconciliation with the Sunni community.Wahhab made a heated speech Thursday in which he called for a "Druze Army" to defend Syria's Druze from Islamist extremists in response to the "massacres".He called on Assad to provide the Druze in the southern Swaida province with arms, and said Lebanon's Druze youth would volunteer to fight in Syria.Both Wahhab and Arslan called on Syria's Druze to stand by the Syrian government.
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