Future bloc: What are Hezbollah weapons doing in Beirut?


The condemnations of the Borj Abi Haidar clashes between Al-Ahbash—and Hezbollah on Tuesday night continue.

Lebanese soldiers patrol the area after clashes erupted between supporters of the Shiite Hezbollah and Sunni conservative Al-Ahbash group, in Bourj Abu Haidar area near Beirut's downtown, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010.

Future (al Mustaqbal) parliamentary bloc on Thursday condemned the bloody clashes in Borj Abi Haidar following its weekly meeting at Qoreitem under former PM Fouad Siniora.and asked: What are Hezbollah weapons doing in Beirut?

“What happened in Borj Abi Haidar two days ago is unacceptable and cannot be accepted under any pretext or justification or explanation,” the bloc said in a statement

“What happened indicates increasing willingness by militants to resort to violence and seize the capital and residential areas, putting people’s lives and their future in constant danger,” the statement added.

“If some takes up arms to resist the Israeli enemy, the question that presents itself on citizens: What are these weapons in the capital and in alleyways doing among civilians? Why used in the streets?”Future movement wondered.

The comments come following clashes Tuesday in the Bourj Abi Haidar neighborhood of Beirut between supporters of the Association of Islamic Charitable Projects—also known as Al-Ahbash—and Hezbollah that killed three people, including Hezbollah official Mohammad Fawwaz.

illegitimate weapons

Similarly Labor Minister Boutros Harb condemned the bloody clashes

Lebanon “will not be safe as long as there are illegitimate weapons,” Harb told MTV on Thursday evening.

Arrest the perpetrators

In a statement issued on Thursday, Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea called on security forces to arrest the perpetrators behind Tuesday’s clashes in Beirut, or else the authorities would not be shouldering their responsibilities.

“What really draws [our] attention is that more than 24 hours after the incident, no one has been arrested, despite the fact that hundreds of armed individuals were on the streets [during the clashes],” Geagea said.


March 14 MP Ammar Houri told Future News on Thursday that Tuesday’s clashes in the Beirut neighborhood of Bourj Abi Haidar were a crime. He called for disarming all parties in Lebanon.

Houri said that the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and relevant state institutions are the only bodies authorized to use arms on Lebanese territory.


Free patriotic Movement( FPM) MP Farid al-Khazen told the Voice of Lebanon (VOL) radio station on Thursday that Tuesday’s clashes were dangerous, adding that the issue of arms should be seriously addressed.

Khazen also said that the Bourj Abi Haidar clashes could have led to further sedition were they not contained, before calling on all parties to avoid conflict.

FPM , which is headed by MP Michel Aoun is closely associated with Hezbollah