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Jumblatt denounces political
cover for Tripoli fighters

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt. (AFP PHOTO)

BEIRUT – Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt called on all politicians to cease providing political cover for armed groups fighting in Tripoli.

 

“Hezbollah must lift the [political] cover off of [Arab Democratic Party leader] Rifaat Eid… and we must seriously lift the cover off whoever [causes violence in] Tripoli,” Jumblatt told Al-Jadeed television on Sunday.

 

The PSP leader said that the warring gunmen have received “internal and foreign financing,” but “it is no longer possible to go on covering up” for them.

 

“Tripoli’s politicians must face their groups,” Jumblatt added.

 

He also called on the army to “enter Jabal Mohsen and confiscate weapons, then enter Bab al-Tebbaneh and arrest the [militants’] leaders.”

 

The PSP chief went on to ask Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi to issue arrest warrants against anyone involved in igniting clashes in Tripoli, “even if he has to start with Rifaat Eid.”

 

Jumblatt also addressed the ADP leader and “advised” him not to “take risks and embroil the Alawite sect in a crisis [that reaches] the point of no return.”

 

Earlier on Sunday, Interior Minister Nohad Mashnuq said a comprehensive plan will be implemented in Tripoli within a week’s time.

 

His comments came days after violence erupted in the northern city on March 13, when unknown assailants shot and killed Tripoli resident Walid Barhoum, reigniting Syria-linked violence between the city’s neighborhoods.

 

At least 25 people have been killed and over 175 injured in the latest round of clashes pitting pro-regime Alawites from Jabal Mohsen against Sunnis from Bab al-Tebbaneh, who support the Syrian rebels.

 

Tension has skyrocketed in Tripoli since the judiciary began a probe into the Jabal Mohsen-based ADP over its alleged role in the August 23 bombings, which left dozens dead outside two Sunni mosques.

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt. (AFP PHOTO)

Hezbollah must lift the political cover off of Rifaat Eid.

  • Hanibaal-Atheos

    Don;t you have another photo of Jumblatt? He looks like a toady monster, more like a chameleon whose eyes operate independently of one another. Perhaps this explains why he is a political chameleon, changing principles and positions like one changes underwear: Every day.

    March 23, 2014