Arab League chief urges Hezbollah to stop fighting in Syria

By REUTERS
May 26, 2013 23:45




CAIRO - Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby on Sunday urged Lebanon's Shi'ite militant Hezbollah to stop fighting alongside government forces in Syria's civil war, after two rockets hit a Shi'ite Muslim district of Beirut.

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah declared on Saturday that his heavily-armed fighters were committed to the conflict against what he called radical Sunni Islamist rebels in Syria, whatever the cost.

Elaraby strongly condemned Sunday's attacks as well the ongoing clashes in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli between factions supporting opposing sides in Syria, which have left 25 people dead in the last week.

"(Elaraby) urged the leaders of Hezbollah to reconsider their stance and not get involved in the killing in Syria, stressing that the only way to protect Lebanon ... is to protect Lebanon's internal unity," the Arab League said in a statement.

"This criminal incident, in addition to ongoing armed clashes in the city of Tripoli, are unacceptable destructive acts that aim to stoke the fire of sectarianism, provoke reactions and upset security in Lebanon," added the statement on the league's website, quoting Elaraby.


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