The Cedars named for the Rugby League World Cup 2017
 
Abu Dhabi named as safest city in the world
 
Kuwaiti FM: “The importance to strength the security of both countries... We will continue to support Lebanon”
 
UAE to celebrate ‘Emirati Women’s Day’
 
Protecting the integrity of Australian citizenship ceremonies
 
Mohammed bin Rashid, Mohamed bin Zayed praise the nation’s youth as "champions of UAE's success story"
 
Kuwait 2035 vision: Focus to attract, empowers young entrepreneurs
 
Reem Al Hashimy calls on nation’s youth to join '100 Mentors Programme'
 
North Korea just called Trump’s bluff. So what happens now?
 
TRIBUTE TO MR MICHAEL JARJOURA, OAM
 
Kuwaiti Deputy FM, US delegation discuss Gulf row mediation
 
ADNOC in advanced discussions with potential partners for new offshore oil concession
 
Mufti Qabbani Rejects Army Defection Calls, Warns Sidon Incident Boosts Sedition





Mufti Qabbani Rejects Army Defection Calls, Warns Sidon Incident Boosts Sedition

June 24, 2013

Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani rejected on Monday calls on Sunnis to defect the army, saying they promote sedition and leads to chaos.

It's not allowed to engage in battles with the army under any pretexts,” Qabbani said in a statement.

He appealed in a televised speech on the Lebanese to hold on to the army, stressing that “those who were responsible for the assault on the army should be held accountable.”

Qabbani said that the “security chaos in (the southern city of) Sidon and the (northern city of) Tripoli aims at distracting the army from its main duty along the border.”

At least twelve Lebanese soldiers were killed in less than 24 hours in clashes with supporters of Salafist cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir in the Sidon suburb of Abra.

Asir had appealed to his supporters through his Twitter account in other parts of Lebanon to rise to his help, threatening to widen the scale of clashes.

Abra is home to a mosque, Bilal bin Rabah, where Asir leads the main weekly prayers on Fridays. The sheikh believes Hizbullah uses apartments in Abra to keep him under surveillance.

He also says the Lebanese army has provided cover to Hizbullah, whose members are fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar Assad's troops against rebels.

Asir was unknown until around two years ago, when he gained prominence for his opposition to Hizbullah and its ally Assad.

The military urged political leaders in Sidon to choose sides and to stand either alongside the army, or with ''those who promote strife and the killing of troops''.

The Sidon clashes spilled over other Lebanese regions on Sunday, as roads were blocked in the North, Bekaa and Beirut.

On Monday, gunmen have been roaming the streets of Tripoli in a show of support to al-Asir, reported the National News Agency.


 














Copyright 2007 mideast-times.com