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Nasrallah, a member of Hezbollah's Nasallah says Beirut violence was 'a dangerous development'

Nasrallah, a member of Hezbollah's Nasallah says Beirut violence was 'a dangerous development'

  • Summary of the following items
  • Nasrallah, a libanese politician, says his party is stronger than ever.
  • Nasrallah says Lebanese Forces party wants civil war.
  • 100,000 Hezbollah fighters are being trained to fight against an external enemy by the organization.

The leader of Lebanon's Iran-backed Shi'ite group Hezbollah said on Monday that last week' israeli massacre of seven Shiites in Beirut was a "dangerous development" and marked 'a new era in the country'' "internal politics."

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah attacked the Christian Lebanese Forces (LF) party and its leader Samir Geagea in his first remarks since the worst street violence in over a decade, repeating accusations that they were responsible for the Thursday killings.

"The real agenda of the Lebanese Forces is civil war," he said in a live televised speech, adding that the army was the guarantee against such eruptions in the country and that his group would not be dragged into one.

Hezbollah's strength was clearly demonstrated, pointing out the organization had 100,000 fighters, but stating they were recruited to protect Lebanon from external enemies rather than engage in a civil war.

"Who are you trying to get into civil war, who are YOU trying dragging to civil strive with 100,000 people?" he asked, pointing his attention to Geagea, whom il accused of having a militia.

To commemorate the commencement of Nasrallah's speech, which took place amid tensions over last year'' shattered port explosion in Beirut'S southern suburb of Dahiya, a Hezbollah stronghold, and heavy gunfire erupted in the capital'eastern suburb, where heavy shelling was heard.

Hezbollah, which has risen to become one of the most powerful actors in Lebanon's political system, was not Hezabollallah' saviour, Nasrallah stated.

"The Lebanese Forces party and its leader pose the greatest threat to the Christian presence in Lebanon," Nasrallah said.

The bloodshed, which sparked memories of the 1975-1990 civil war, added to fears for the stability of a nation burgeoning with weapons and experiencing an economic meltdown.

The LF has denied that it started the fight last week. Tarek Bitar, the lead investigator in an investigation into the port explosion, was the cause of the violence, it said.

It also accused Hezbollah of sending supporters into the Christian neighbourhood of Ain al-Remmaneh, where it claims four residents were wounded before a shot was fired.

Nasrallah said some of them may have yelled provocative slogans as they approached the Christian area, which was ok, but then gunfire began and people were killed.

Nasrallah advised the Lebanese Forces party to give up the notion of internal strife and civil war.

Your calculations are wrong 100 percent," says a spokesman for the government. Hezbollah has never been more powerful in the region than it is now."

Despite his tough stand, Nasrallah focused a significant part of his speech on trying to calm the country's Christians, saying Hezbollah is protecting their rights and is associated with the largest Christian party, the Free Patriotic Movement.

The Beirut violence was intended to resuscitate internal tensions and threaten peace, according to Lebanon's Shi'ite Amal movement, a Hezbollah ally, which said earlier.

The seven victims were killed when crowds headed for a demonstration organized by Amal and Hezbollah to protest against Bitar.

Nasrallah reiterated his objection to the blast investigation, which he has said isn't objective, saying the way it was handled would not bring truth or justice.

Amal, which is headed by Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri, one of the most powerful political figures in the country, urged the authorities to arrest all those responsible for the violence.

The inquiry into the Aug. 4, 2020 explosion, which killed more than 200 people and destroyed swaths of Beirut, has failed to make significant progress, despite opposition from political parties, including Hezbollah.

Additional reporting by Lilian Wagdy in Cairo; writing by Michael Georgy; editing by Giles Elgood and Alistair Bell; and reporting and writing from Michael Georgey and Michael Geddes; written by Mike Georgi and edited by Gilles ElGood and Gius El Good and Alstair bell.

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