Lebanon: Lebanon must be kept out of Hamas-Israel war, patriarch says

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s prime Christian cleric urged state officers on Monday to defend Lebanon from the struggle between Palestinian Islamist group Hamas and Israel, because the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah clashes with Israeli forces on the border.
The Iran-backed Hezbollah has been exchanging fireplace with Israeli forces throughout the Lebanese-Israeli frontier because the Hamas-Israel strugglestarted on Oct.7, within the worst preventing there since Hezbollah and Israel fought a struggle in 2006.
Lengthy a critic of the closely armed Hezbollah, Maronite Christian Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai known as for the appliance of a 2006 U.N. Safety Council decision which ended the 2006 struggle, noting it ordered the perimeters to stop fireplace.
He known as on Lebanese state officers to work to maintain Lebanon away “from the scourge of this struggle … and to hold out its political and diplomatic position in help of the Palestinian trigger. That’s more practical,” he mentioned.
Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, in his first speech because the begin of the Israel-Hamas struggle, mentioned on Friday escalation on the Lebanon entrance would hinge on occasions in Gaza and Israeli actions in direction of Lebanon.
Hezbollah’s opponents in Lebanon have lengthy accused the group of undermining the state by way of its possession of an arsenal that outguns the nationwide military, and accuse it of monopolising selections of struggle and peace. Hezbollah’s supporters say its arsenal has defended Lebanon from Israel.
(Writing by Tom Perry; modifying by Mark Heinrich)

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