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Future MP: Qahwaji helping
Hezbollah spread sedition

General Jean Qahwaji [center], at an inspection of military base. (AFP PHOTO)

BEIRUT - Future Movement MP Mouin Merhebi accused the Lebanese Armed Forces, and its chief General Jean Qahwaji, of ignoring and concealing attacks by Hezbollah on the Lebanese border town of Tfeil, which was the scene of fighting on Thursday.

 

In a statement released Saturday, Merhebi accused the army of “burying [its] head in the sand,” and employing a policy of “concealment and sponsorship” towards “shelling, murder, and displacement carried out by Hezbollah.”

 

He said that Hezbollah “is carrying out violations against a peaceful Lebanese group, in the Lebanese towns of Tfeil and Qaa in particular.”

 

Tfeil, which is home to over 4,000 Lebanese citizens and approximately 10,000 Syrian refugees, is located in a geographically isolated part of the eastern Beqaa Valley, almost on top of the Syrian border.

 

Its residents have suffered from shortages of food, electricity, and shelter, and are often caught in the middle of fighting between Syrian opposition fighters and forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad, which Hezbollah has fought alongside since May 2013.

 

Qaa, though less isolated than Tfeil, is also near the Syrian border, and has suffered from numerous shelling and rocket attacks since Hezbollah allied itself with Assad’s army.

 

Merhebi also lashed out at Qahwaji, questioning what was behind the “immobility of the top military official’s feelings of duty and patriotism.”

 

“He has not even troubled himself to issue a statement on the subject,” the Future Movement MP said.

 

“This calls for reminding him of his military pledge, which requires him to protect the homeland and its people.”

 

“The government should afford this matter the highest degree of concern, in order to ward off the sedition Hezbollah is trying to contrive.” 

General Jean Qahwaji [center], at an inspection of military base. (AFP PHOTO)

[Hezbollah] is carrying out violations against a peaceful Lebanese group, in the Lebanese towns of Tfeil and Qaa.