March 14 calls for arms, militia free Beirut


The March 14 general-secretariat said Wednesday that the clashes of Borj Abi Haidar between Hezbollah and al-Ahbash gunmen are a new sign of the danger of militia arms.

“It’s time for the Lebanese state to take quick measures to announce Beirut a weapons and militia free city,” the general-secretariat said in a statement following its weekly meeting.

It urged the government and its security, military and judicial agencies to arrest those who caused the deadly clashes and participated in them.

The statement also called on Lebanese authorities to protect stability and civil peace.

“Protecting Lebanon from internal dangers is as important as protecting it from foreign dangers,” the conferees said. “This requires a quick end to abnormal conditions such as the presence of security squares.”

March 14 General Secretariat Coordinator Fares Soueid told Voice of Lebanon (VOL) radio station on Wednesday that Beirut should be an arms-free city, adding that violators of the weapons sanction should be seriously punished.

Hezbollah and the Association of Islamic Charitable Projects—also known as Al-Ahbash—clashed on Tuesday night in the Beirut neighborhood of Bourj Abi Haidar, which led to the death of four people, including Hezbollah official Mohammad Fawaz.

Al-Ahbash is a Sunni pro-Syrian group and describes itself as a charitable organization promoting Islamic culture.

Soueid said that the prestige of Lebanon should be restored, adding that there must not be chaotic situations.

Matters can be resolved in the cabinet and national-dialogue sessions, he also said, voicing the importance of abiding by the Doha Agreement, which was signed following 2008 May Events.

Following its Wednesday meeting, the March 14 General Secretariat issued a statement that the Lebanese government should take the required procedures to control arms in the country.

The cabinet should take actions to end sectarian threats, the statement added.

Clashes in the Beirut neighborhood of Borj Abi Haidar broke out on Tuesday night between supporters of the Association of Islamic Charitable Projects—also known as Al-Ahbash—and Hezbollah. Al-Ahbash is a Sunni pro-Syrian group and describes itself as a charitable organization promoting Islamic culture.

The statement also said that Beirut should be announced as an arms and militia free city so people can live peacefully.

It is the responsibility of the security, military and judicial authorities to arrest and punish those engaged in the fighting, the statement added



5 responses to “March 14 calls for arms, militia free Beirut”

  1. Constantin Avatar

    Perfect idea! Why should there be weapons in Beirut other than with the governmental authorities? Weapons in the hands of the people is nothing but trouble.

    The question is: Would HA accept not to have weapons in Beirut and its suburbs?

    Let’s not forget they have to resist the ennemy who is 150 km south!!!

  2. VOICE OF TRUTH Avatar

    i am drawing a historic parallel here between what the plo used to say in the 70s and hezballah’s actions lately:

    plo: the road to israel passes by jounieh!!!!!!

    hezballah: the road to israel passes by sunni beirut?????????

  3. this is a great call. slowly but surely lebanon’s arms will only be with the LAF, polics and and security forces governed and employed by the state.

  4. I agree !Arms should be under control and not in the hands of groups that settle disputes with violence and destruction!This is tragic!

  5. this call been on since 1975 and still going the treat of the arms in gangs hand in lebanon is worth then the one israel is treating us with with the isreals you know there is on enemy and you know where to hide with those scam and multi names they take you don;t even know which place is save in lebanon the army need to take control and some responsability for god sake and stop the non sense anyone who dosen;t obey hammer them dosen;t matter who they are enought rubbish in lebanon and start build a country for change

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