Berri upset over the ‘Sunni-Shia’ clashes


Lebanon Speaker Nabih Berri was reportedly upset on Sunday over the bloody street clashes earlier this week between the two former allies — Hezbollah and Al-Ahbash.

An-Nahar newspaper quoted Berri visitors as saying that the Speaker has received information that several organizations not connected with Al Ahbash had mobilized and deployed forces in more than one district of Beirut during Tuesday’s clashes in Borj Abi Haidar.

Berri was quoted as saying that after less than an hour of the battles Sunnis sided with Sunnis and Shiites sides with Shiites “a scene I will always reject and fight.”

“This is what we have learned from Moussa Sadr’s school,” Berri insisted.

His comments come after the clash that took place last Tuesday night 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, his body guard and an Al-Ahbash member who is the son of a Beirut Mukhtar.

Berri who heads the Amal Movement is closely associated with Hezbollah.

There were unconfirmed reports that Amal fighters joined Hezbollah in the battle against Al-Ahbash.

Machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades were used in the fighting that rocked the capital