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Pictures of Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (R) and former Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri are seen on key rings at a gift shop in the port city of Sidon, southern Lebanon. Hariri's support for dialogue with Hezbollah
Pictures of Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (R) and former Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri are seen on key rings at a gift shop in the port city of Sidon, southern Lebanon. Hariri’s support for dialogue with Hezbollah
Mustaqbal Movement leader Saad Hariri warned on Tuesday from attempts by Hezbollah to drag Lebanon to turmoil in Syria by mobilizing for the battle in al-Qalamoun, accusing it of becoming a direct accomplice in killing the Syrian people.

“Neither Hezbollah nor the Iranian Revolutionary Guards nor the barrel bomb attack… will be able to protect Bashar Assad from falling, as logic says that history will not have mercy on a person responsible for the death of thousands,” Hariri said in a statement issued by his press office.

He accused Hezbollah of being a “direct accomplice in the crime,” warning the party from involving the border towns in the Bekaa Valley in the battles in Syria.

Hariri called on the Lebanese to refuse and not to cover up for Hezbollah’s attempt to drag Lebanon to Syria’s al-Qalamoun gunbattle with gunmen.

The Sunni leader, whose party is involved in dialogue with Hezbollah since December, refused media reports portraying the battle in al-Qalamoun as a battle that concerns Lebanon on the pretext of “precautionary war against terror groups.”

“We are daily reading that Hezbollah is mobilizing and preparing for the battle and using Lebanon’s border without any supervision to submerge further in the Syrian conflict to protect (President) Bashar Assad.”

Hariri expressed regret that “Hezbollah will not listen to the advice of its partners in the nation and will hit against a brick wall all warnings from dragging the war in Syria to Lebanon.”

“We will not back down on issuing warnings.”

The Mustaqbal leader wondered if the Qalamoun battle will be on Lebanese or Syrian territories and if the Lebanese authorities handed over the border to “illegal armed groups.”

He also warned of the repercussions of the Lebanese state’s involvement in the border battle, in particular on the well-being of the abducted servicemen by the al-Qaida-affiliate al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State group, voicing fear that Syrian opposition groups would tamper with Lebanon in retaliation.

“Lebanon is not concerned with the battle in al-Qalamoun and Hezbollah is solely responsible for the repercussions of the war, which only serves Assad.”

Fighters linked to ISIL and al-Nusra Front in the Syrian al-Qalamoun have been allegedly mobilizing and moving closer to the border with Lebanon ahead of a battle along the country’s eastern border for a battle with Hezbollah accompanied by Assad forces.

The Lebanese army frequently clashes with the militants in their hideouts near the Syria border.

The IS, which controls several areas in Syria and Iraq, aims to spread to Lebanon as its fighters position in the outskirts of Bekaa towns bordering Syria and the Lebanese army is in adamant efforts to stop their efforts to infiltrate the country.

ISIL and al-Nusra Front are battling in Qalamoun the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Hezbollah forces alongside each other, with support from some smaller Islamist rebel groups.

Despite ideological similarities, the two groups are opposed and in conflict with each other in other parts of Syria, particularly in the north.

Meanwhile, the Lebanese army denied any attempt to engage in battles outside Lebanon’s border.

Naharnet

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