Amal MP: Arms free Beirut is not possible


Amal Movement MP Qassem Hashem called for finding out who was the third party that was involved in Tuesday’s Borj Abi Haidar clashes, according to New TV .

Amal Movement issued a statement last Tuesday saying it was not involved, even as some of its men fought on Hezbollah’s side, according to local reports

This comes after the clash that took place last Tuesday in the Beirut neighborhood of Borj Abi Haidar 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.

The clash was the worst since May 2008, when Hezbollah gunmen swept through Sunni neighborhoods of Beirut after a government crack down on the group’s telecommunications network.

A third party interfered in the fighting which escalated the situation, Ad-Diyar newspaper reported on Saturday.

Regarding the Beirut MPs’ call for a “weapons-free Beirut”, Hashem said that this is not new and would not be possible amid Israeli threats.