Mufti opposes fighting the Army in Sidon

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June 24, 2013 By The Daily Star

Grand Mufti Mohammad Rashid Qabbani denounced Monday the attack that claimed the lives of over 17 soldiers and 25 gunmen in the southern city of Sidon.

“The attack against the military is a crime against Lebanon and it is not allowed to fight the Army and disrupt its main mission and drag it into internal battles,” the Sunni mufti said.

Fighting raged Sunday and Monday between supporters of militant Islamist Sheikh Ahmad Al-Assir and the Army in Sidon in some of the fiercest clashes against the military since the Nahr al-Bared battle in 2007.

By the afternoon the Army appeared to be close to reclaiming control of the situation.

Qabbani slammed Assir’s call for Sunni soldiers to defect from the Army.

“The call on Sunnis to defect the army is a crime against the Sunnis and the Lebanese Army,” he said.

The mufti also urged the military to respond to cries of help from citizens and called for an investigation into the Sidon events.

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