Hariri opposes calls for Jihad in Syria

Future Movement leader Saad Hariri urged the Lebanese not to execute the calls made to partake in the Syrian war in order to not implicate Lebanon in the conflict.


“I announce my utter refusal of any counter-initiatives [to Hezbollah’s participation in the Syrian war] such as calls for Jihad or sectarian-based disturbances whether they take place in Sidon or Tripoli or any other place in Lebanon,” Hariri said in a statement released on Tuesday.


The Future chief labeled such calls as “[sharing] Hezbollah’s crime,” and said that they “contribute, intentionally or unintentionally, to hurling Lebanon into war.”


“These calls [help to] achieve the goal of [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad to throw Lebanon and other countries in the region into the Syrian fire,” Hariri added.


He also urged the Lebanese not to get involved in the bloody conflict taking place in neighboring Syria.


On Monday, controversial Sunni Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir urged Muslims and the Lebanese in general to fight alongside the rebels in Syria by calling for Jihad against the regime’s troops.


He also announced that he will establish the “Free Resistance Brigades” starting from Sidon in order to achieve this goal.


Hariri went on to slam Hezbollah’s participation in the violence raging in Syria, describing the party’s actions as “a crime against Lebanon and the Lebanese… as well as Syria and its people.”


The opposition figure also noted that the Lebanese Shiite group’s involvement in the Syrian conflict “proves once more the actual usage of Hezbollah’s weapons in Lebanon and Syria… and its actual goals.”


Elite fighters from Hezbollah are leading the fight against rebels in the region of Al-Qusayr in the central province of Homs, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday.


Over the weekend, Syrian regime forces retook control of a string of strategic villages in the region, which is along the border with Lebanon, raising fears among rebels that the town of Al-Qusayr itself, a stronghold of the uprising, could fall into government hands.


Fighting in the area has spilled over into Lebanon, with rebels reportedly targeting border towns inside Lebanon in response to Hezbollah involvement in the conflict.

These calls help to achieve Assad's goal to throw Lebanon into the Syrian fire.