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Fatfat blames Nasrallah
for Tripoli unrest

Future bloc MP Ahmad Fatfat on Monday accused Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah of causing the bloody clashes that are raging in the northern city of Tripoli for the eighth day in a row.

 

“Nasrallah’s responsibility for what is going on [in Tripoli] is obvious given that he is… sending weapons towards Tripoli to the [Jabal Mohsen-based] Arab Democratic Party and the so-called Resistance Brigades that are deployed in several Lebanese areas,” Fatfat told LBC.

 

Sunni and Alawite gunmen have been fighting since last week in the Bab al-Tebbaneh and Jabal Mohsen districts of Tripoli, Lebanon's second city.

 

The death toll from a week of clashes in Lebanon between supporters and opponents of Syria's regime has risen to at least 14.

 

The fighting broke out last Monday after Al-Mayadeen television aired an interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in which he said the time is not ripe for a peace conference to try to resolve the 31-month conflict and said he was ready to run for re-election in 2014.

  

Lebanon is deeply divided into pro- and anti-Damascus camps.

 

The division has widened since Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah admitted in May it was sending fighters into Syria to support Assad's troops.

Nasrallah is sending weapons towards Tripoli to the Arab Democratic Party and the so-called Resistance Brigades.