nasrallah 0219Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah  stressed on Friday  that his party “stands by its ally” MP Talal Arslan.

As for the relation with Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt: “We did not err against Jumblat; he is the one who started the problem with us when he spoke about the weapons.” , Nasrallah said.

He was commenting about the Qabr Shmoun incident .

The  convoy of a Lebanese minister Saleh al-Gharib, came under   attack  on June 30 after leaving a meeting  with  Foreign  Minister Gebran Bassil in the town of Shemlan near Aley   resulting in the , killing of two of his guards and wounding another, in what he claimed to be  an assassination attempt.

 Gharib was meeting with Bassil to  plan a  tour  of the town of Kfar Matra but after supporters of a party opposed to the Syrian government  called such tour  provocative  Bassil decided to cancel the visit , while Gharib decided to continue in that direction and his convoy was intercepted by PSP supporters near the village of Qabr Shmoun (  near Kfar Matta) thinking it was Bassil’s convoy. Gharib’s bodyguards   were reportedly killed after exchanging fire with the gunmen.

Gharib is a member of Arslan’s party which is closely allied with Hezbollah and the Syrian regime .

Many Lebanese leaders blamed Bassil  another ally of Hezbollah for the incident . Bassil delivered  a speech in  the Mt. Lebanon town of Kahale ( a suburb of Aley) that  was described as provocative  by the anti Syrian regime parties .

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