Lebanon First bloc MP Nohad al-Mashnouq told LBCI television on Sunday that Beirut residents should take to the streets to express their rejection of Tuesday’s Bourj Abi Haidar clashes and call for confiscating the arms that “occupy Beirut.”
The fighting between supporters of the Association of Islamic Charitable Projects – also known as Al-Ahbash – and Hezbollah led to the death of three people, including Hezbollah official Mohammad Fawwaz.
Al-Ahbash is a Sunni pro-Syrian group and describes itself as a charitable organization promoting Islamic culture.
“Talks about conspiracies are unacceptable,” Mashnouq said, adding that arms used by parties in Beirut insulted people of all sects.
Resistance arms are something else and they should continue to be used against Israel, the MP also said, criticizing the Defense Ministry’s Tuesday decision to suspend permits to carry firearms in Lebanon since the weapons used in the clashes were most likely not licensed.
The cabinet assigned the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) to protect citizens and the Lebanese command must take responsibility, Mashnouq said, adding that the LAF and the security forces did not fulfill their duties.
The MP rejected Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt’s proposal to form commissions in neighborhoods, adding that such talks remind him of the 1975 civil war.