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Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir called on Tuesday for keeping the Lebanese army away from political bickering “since it is one of the most important pillars of unity.”

Sfeir’s remarks came during a meeting with Lebanese army commander Gen. Jean Kahwaji.

Sfeir praised the “national role of the Lebanese army, particularly in maintaining security of the internal arena and working on implementation of international resolutions on Lebanon, in cooperation with UNIFIL.”

His comment may be a possible reference to the bloody street battle that shook the Borj Abi Haidar neighborhood in the Lebanese capital on August 24, pitting supporters of the Iranian backed Hezbollah against the pro-Syrian Al-Ahbash militants —also known as the Association of Islamic Charitable Projects. 3 people were killed in the clash including a Hezbollah senior official.

Some criticized the army’s role during the incident

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