Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea slammed Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun on Thursday, saying the FPM leader defended Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime more than the Assad family itself.
Geagea added that Aoun was “fighting a war of ethnic cleansing against the Muslim Sunnis in the region by making them look like they are extremists,” the National News Agency reported.
“Aoun aims to portray the Future Movement as a fundamentalist movement while his [own] allies, Iran and Hezbollah are conservative and [its members don’t even] wear [ties].”
Syria has witnessed anti-regime protests since mid-March 2011. The United Nations estimates that more than 8,000 people have been killed in the regime’s crackdown on dissent.
The LF leader also commented on the recent unraveling of a “radical terrorist” group in Lebanon headed by Abu Mohammad Tawfik Tah, who according to a Fatah official was present in the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp.
Geagea called for withdrawing Palestinian arms inside and outside refugee camps upon a decision by the Lebanese cabinet.
“The Palestinian [factions] confirmed their willingness to cooperate with the government if [the latter] decides to take such a decision. But those objecting to this are Syria, Hezbollah and their allies, [mainly] Aoun.”
“If we are forced for another [battle similar] to that of Nahr al-Bared, [then let the army] enter Ain al-Hilweh and arrest [Tah]. If the government [heads] in that direction, the opposition will support entering Ain al-Hilweh and all other camps to rid them of arms,” Geagea added.
On Monday, Prime Minister Najib Mikati confirmed media reports that the army had discovered a radical terrorist group that included two Lebanese army soldiers.
The Lebanese army fought against Fatah al-Islam in the Palestinian Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in the summer of 2007.