Arsal mayor blames Hezbollah for the deadly clash

hezbollah in black paradeAli al-Hojeiri , Mayor of the eastern Lebanon town of Arsal accused Hezbollah of implicating the Lebanese army’s intelligence in the Arsal incident to “settle scores” with Syrian revolution activist Khaled Hmayed.

“What happened was an ambush set against Arsal residents in order to make them clash with the army,” Hojeiri told Al-Anbaa Kuwaiti newspaper in remarks published Wednesday.

He also said that the attack against his town happened because of its “political affiliationo with the Future Movement and its support for the Syrian revolution.”

Two LAF members were killed last week when their patrol team pursued Khaled Hmayed – a wanted man, in the Beqaa area of Arsal. Hmayed’s family and friends surrounded the patrol force and opened fire, killing the two soldiers and injuring six others.

The incident prompted widespread condemnation from political and religious figures, while the army deployed reinforcements to the area and conducted a campaign of arrests.

“The town mayor will be called before the military court for investigation,” Al-Anbaa newspaper said.

Hezbollah has been supporting the Syrian regime of the embattled president Bashar al Assad in its crackdown against the 22 months old uprising . over 60, 000 have been killed since the uprising began in March 2011

Committee

The residents of Arsal formed on Wednesday a committee to hold talks with senior officials following the deadly ambush .

The committee, according to Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3), will meet with Army Commander Gen. Jean Kahwaji, President Michel Suleiman, Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Najib Miqati in light of the recent attack that left two army soldiers and a suspect dead.

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said in comments published in the pan-Arab daily al-Hayat that those who are seeking to create strife by exploiting the recent incident in Arsal should halt their attempts.

He hailed the stance taken by the residents of the town after schoolchildren greeted soldiers with flowers on Tuesday.

Hariri described the act as “the true stance by the town towards the army.”

  • libnan1

    Arrest them all including the mayor and send them to help their revolutionary comrades.

  • libnan1

    Arrest them all including the mayor and send them to help their revolutionary comrades.

  • nagy_michael2

    Hezbollah wanted to kill the guy because he was part of the group of FSA that killed Commander Abbas from hezbollah unit in Syria. There is no basis to accuse the guy in kidnapping the estonians because he was not involved in the kidnapping. besides hezbollah members went to Arsal to kill the guy and because of their arrogance they thought no one would dare fight back. once the people start shooting back in killing 2 hezbollah members and one SSNP member they got cornered and called on LAF to back them up. unfortunately for the army got tricked by hezbollah and they were sadly killed. Either way whoever killed the two soldiers must be tried no matter what.. but hezbollah instigated the whole incidents to create more strife between the army and Arsal residents..

    • 5thDrawer

      Doing the ‘Jihadi Duty’ thingie ?

  • nagy_michael2

    Hezbollah wanted to kill the guy because he was part of the group of FSA that killed Commander Abbas from hezbollah unit in Syria. There is no basis to accuse the guy in kidnapping the estonians because he was not involved in the kidnapping. besides hezbollah members went to Arsal to kill the guy and because of their arrogance they thought no one would dare fight back. once the people start shooting back in killing 2 hezbollah members and one SSNP member they got cornered and called on LAF to back them up. unfortunately for the army got tricked by hezbollah and they were sadly killed. Either way whoever killed the two soldiers must be tried no matter what.. but hezbollah instigated the whole incidents to create more strife between the army and Arsal residents..

    • 5thDrawer

      Doing the ‘Jihadi Duty’ thingie ?