Sunni leader: Hezbollah dragging Lebanon into war
August 17, 2013 2:04PM
FILE - In this August 2, 2013, file photo, Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah speaks during a rally to mark Jerusalem day or Al-Quds day, in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said Wednesday Aug. 14 2013 that members of his party were behind last week's bombing that wounded four Israeli soldiers. Last Wednesday, the Lebanese army said a group of Israeli soldiers crossed the border into Lebanon and were wounded in an explosion. The army said the force was 400 meters (yards) inside Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
BEIRUT (AP) — One of Lebanon’s most powerful Sunni politicians has accused the leader of the Shiite militant Hezbollah group of dragging the country further into neighboring Syria’s civil war.
The comments Saturday from former Prime Minister Saad Hariri come two days after a deadly car bombing struck a Hezbollah neighborhood south of Beirut. Many people see the blast as retaliation for Hezbollah’s armed support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Nasrallah on Thursday blamed Sunni extremists for the blast and said he was prepared to double the number of Hezbollah fighters in Syria if the bombing is linked to that conflict.
Hariri said on his official Twitter account that Nasrallah’s speech “drags Lebanon further into the Syrian fire, and it is a pity to squander the blood of Lebanese in such a way.”