Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea said that Hezbollah's unilateral decision and the timing of the battle in Arsal, taken without consulting with the Lebanese government or the Lebanese army leadership, have caused resentment among a large part of the Lebanese political forces. These forces once again demanded unanimous agreement on defense strategy that would define Hezbollah's role and put its weapons under the control of the Lebanese state and its…
US President Donald Trump accused Hezbollah and Iran of heightening the humanitarian disaster in Syria, stressing that "Hezbollah is a menace to the Lebanese state, the Lebanese people and the entire region." During a news conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri in the White House’s Rose Garden on Tuesday, Trump also called the Lebanese armed group, Hezbollah, a threat to the entire Middle East. “With the support of Iran,…
Syrian civil society groups and activists called upon the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to protect Syrian civilians trapped in western Qalamoun, especially those living in IDP camps. They said that residents of these camps had to flee to escape constant artillery bombardment by the Hezbollah Militia on the area. Syrian civil society groups and activists stressed the need to “put pressure on the…
The United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Syria said it had been painstakingly gathering information about possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the past six years in Syria. The BBC on Tuesday cited commission member Carla Del Ponte as saying that the violations in Syria are by far the worst she has ever come across. "But nothing happens, only words, words, and more words." The investigators have…
The Lebanese Future Movement stressed that the Hezbollah militia does not have the legitimacy to intervene in Syria and participate in battles in which Syrian civilians are being killed. It said that Hezbollah’s intervention in Syria serves Tehran and the Assad regime. In a statement issued on Monday, the Movement said it will not recognize any national legitimacy to the participation of Hezbollah in the Syrian war, no matter the…
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