The leader of the Lebanese Hezbollah militia, Hassan Nasrallah, considered today, Monday, that the recent events in Beirut are “important, dangerous and pivotal”, and constitute a new stage in dealing with internal politics.
Nasrallah tried, in a televised speech, to incite the Christian street in Lebanon against the “forces,” considering that “the Lebanese Forces Party and its leader are the biggest threat to Christians in Lebanon.” He also accused the Lebanese Forces party of supporting “terrorism” in Syria and of allying with ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra.
Nasrallah said that “the Lebanese Forces Party and its leader (Samir Geagea) present themselves as defenders of Christians in Lebanon,” claiming that “the real program of the Lebanese Forces party is the civil war.”
The army evacuates residents after Hezbollah and Amal supporters opened fire in the Tayouneh area on Thursday
He continued: “All positions issued by the Forces Party, including statements, special sessions, and mobilization confirm this meaning, which is consistent with arming and training,” according to his claim, noting that this matter indicates “the existence of an armed militia affiliated with the Forces Party.”
It is noteworthy that the Lebanese Forces party denied its connection to the violence that took place in the Tayouneh area in Beirut on Thursday, which led to the killing of 7 supporters of Hezbollah and the Amal movement.
Nasrallah threatened, saying that the Hezbollah militia has a thousand trained and equipped fighters in Lebanon, adding: “I say to the party and its leader: Do not miscalculate.”
The leader of Hezbollah also accused the Lebanese army of shooting its members more than once, adding: “We want a serious and quick investigation, and we are waiting for the investigation and accountability for the officials who killed the people.”
Nasrallah threatened to retaliate if the Lebanese judiciary failed to respond Hold those responsible for Thursday’s events accountable.
From the shooting that took place in the Tayouneh area in Beirut on Thursday
On Thursday, seven people were killed in violence in Beirut as crowds were on their way to protests called by Hezbollah and the Amal movement to denounce Judge Tariq al-Bitar’s investigation into the port bombing.
The bloodshed brought back memories of the civil war that raged in the country between 1975 and 1990. The incident represented the worst street violence in more than a decade, and raised fears for the stability of a country awash with weapons and suffering economic collapse.
The Lebanese Forces party condemned Thursday’s events and blamed the violence on Hezbollah’s “incitement” against Judge Tariq Al-Bitar, the principal investigator in the investigation into the Beirut port explosion last year.
The investigation into the port explosion, which on August 4, 2020, led to More than 200 people were killed and the destruction was caused In Beirut, there was little progress amid opposition from political factions.