Jumblatt accuses Syria of using Lebanon to attack France


Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt called the firing of the rocket from south Lebanon ” a message addressed from our neighbors to France”.

His comment comes hours after French foreign minister accused Syria of involvement in Friday’s bomb attack on French peacekeepers in southern Lebanon.

A rocket was fired from Wadi el Qaiseyah in south Lebanon on Sunday evening and reportedly landed by mistake in Hula area of south Lebanon near the Israeli border

According to media reports the rocket landed on the house of Abdullah Mahmoud and resulted in the wounding of Lebanese citizen Nazira Abbas who was taken to a nearby hospital in Mays al Jabal for treatment

Jumblatt said during a ceremony to honor PSP veterans in al-Mukhtara : “We received yesterday the message of the rockets, and this is a dangerous message which may be addressed from our neighbors to France, via the Lebanese territory and at the expense of Lebanon’s stability, the South and entire Lebanon.”

“We had witnessed similar messages in the past and when you ask the (Lebanese) intelligence services they tell you ‘it is al-Qaida,’” Jumblatt added.

Jumblatt also accused “local, regional, Arab and international forces” of seeking to “oust U.N. forces from Lebanon ( UNIFIL) so that we return to the confrontation and maybe to a new war.”

Jumblatt said logic dictates “that the leadership of the Resistance (Hezbollah) should realize the graveness of the situation and demonstrate that the Lebanese interest is above all else.”