“The attack against the army is a crime against Lebanon ,” the mufti said.
Qabbani also slammed militant Islamist Sheikh Ahmad Al-Assir ’s call for Sunni soldiers to defect from the Army.
“The call on Sunnis to defect the army is a crime against the Sunnis and the Lebanese Army,” he stressed
Qabbani also called for an investigation into the Sidon events.
Assir rose to prominence for his outspoken opposition to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his calls for disarming Hezbollah.
Lebanese army commandos seized Monday the Mosque complex belonging to Sheikh Assir in the southern coastal city of Sidon, in the second day of clashes between the military and gunmen loyal to the militant preacher that have claimed the lives of at least 17 soldiers and more than 25 gunmen.
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