Hezbollah says it won’t be dragged into war after Beirut bloodshed
The deadly clashes that broke out in Beirut on Thursday amounted to a “massacre” and its perpetrators should be held to account, the pro-Iranian al-Mayadeen TV cited a Hezbollah representative in the Lebanese parliament as saying on Sunday.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_“What the criminals … did is a massacre and it will have important ,” MP Hassan said, according to the Beirut-based channel.
“Those who incited, planned … and opened fire should be held to account all the way up to the top.”
On Friday the Lebanese ’ite_group Hezbollah said it would not be dragged into civil war even as it stepped up accusations against the Christian Lebanese Forces (LF) party it says killed seven Shi’ites in Beirut’s bloodiest street violence in years.
The accusation, denied by the LF, underlines worsening sectarian tensions after Thursday’s violence which began as people were gathering for a protest called by Hezbollah against the judge investigating last year’s Beirut port blast.
The probe into the catastrophic blast appears in increasing doubt, fuelled by a bitter political dispute over the lead investigator’s attempts to question officials who include Hezbollah allies.
The violence, which erupted at a boundary between Christian and Shi’ite Muslim neighbourhoods, has added to concerns for the stability of a country that is awash with and grappling with one of the world’s sharpest ever .
The condemned the violence on Thursday which it blamed on Hezbollah “incitement” against Judge Tarek Bitar, the investigator.
The sound of gunfire could be heard across Beirut during funerals on Friday.