Berri considers Hezbollah-Al Ahbash incident a brotherly clash


Speaker Nabih Berri told an Iftar held in BIEL on Friday

“I cannot start without referring to what happened a few days ago. Let’s consider that what happened (in Borj Abi Haidar) was a clash among brothers,”

His comment comes after clashes broke out in the Beirut neighborhood of Borj Abi Haidar on Tuesday night between supporters of the the pro-Syrian Association of Islamic Charitable Projects—also known as Al-Ahbash—and the Iranian backed Hezbollah militants , leading to the death of three people, including Hezbollah official Mohammad Fawwaz.

Sunni and Shia are both Muslims because they follow God and his Prophet Mohammad, Berri said.

Amal Movement leader Imam Moussa Sadr’s legacy of dialogue is still relevant today, he added, calling on Lebanon to remember Sadr’s 1978 disappearance and remind the world that the Libyan regime is still hiding its crime.

The clash was described by some analysts as a proxy war between Iran and Syria over the control of Lebanon. Hezbollah according to analysts is trying to out-maneuver Syria in Lebanon…. Hezbollah has reportedly become the principle bulwark resisting a Syrian comeback, because the party wants to preserve Lebanon for Iran.

Turning to the issue of providing arms for the Lebanese army, Berri rejected any conditions for arming the military.

“The army, the people and the resistance will be ready for any Israeli attack in the future,” Berri warned.

Addressing the Jewish state, Berri cautioned: “Let it be clear that any future war will be deep into Israel.”