Lebanese Salafis kill 10 soldiers in Sidon

Lebanese security forces are deployed during clashes on 23 June 2013 in the village of Abra, on the outskirts of the southern Lebanese city of Sidon. (Photo: AFP - Mahmoud Zayyat)

Published Sunday, June 23, 2013

Updated 01:00 am: Armed supporters of Salafi Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir killed 10 Lebanese soldiers and injured 35 near the southern town of Sidon on Sunday, the army said.

"An armed group loyal to Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir attacked, for no reason, a Lebanese army checkpoint in the village of Abra" just east of Sidon, it said.

The army identified the first six victims as First Lieutenant Samer Geryes Tanyous, Lieutenant George Elian Bou Saab, Sergeant Ali Adnan al-Masri, and soldiers Rami Ali Baker, Bilal Ali Saleh and Elie Nicolas Rahme.

It added that one gunmen was killed and 15 injured.

The fighting erupted when Assir supporters surrounded an army checkpoint in Abra, where a vehicle transporting other supporters of the radical cleric had been stopped, a security source told AFP.

"After the armed men attacked with gunfire," the army fired back, the source added.

The army vowed it "will not tolerate" the latest developments, and that it "will continue to fulfill its mandate to suppress strife."

The military will "strike back with an iron fist anyone who... spills the blood of the army," the statement said.

Amjad al-Assir, the sheikh's brother, was defiant when reached by telephone.

"The army is with Hezbollah. We're being bombarded from all sides," he told AFP as explosions were heard in the background.

"Sheikh Assir will stay on the battlefield along with those who support him. We will resist to the last drop of blood."

According to the Lebanese National News Agency, fighting was still raging on late Sunday evening, as residents of the Abra neighborhood called on the army and the Internal Security Forces to be evacuated from the area.

In Beirut, Assir supporters blocked a road in the Verdun and Tarik al-Jdide neighborhoods to protest the Sidon clashes, Naharnet reported.

Future TV said that several religious scholars from the north of the country were mediating talks with the army to reach a ceasefire.

(Al-Akhbar, AFP)

Comments

while I do wholeheartedly agree that Qatar and Saudi Arabia are the main movers in all these incidents to destabilize Lebanon and hold it under their grip to instigate sectarian war we must not forget or close our eyes to the fact that these have their stooges inside Lebanon who gave Assir all the political and security support and stood against the Lebanese army to finish off this dangerous phenomena and not only that but even tried to find excuses for these savages whose beliefs want to take us to the stone age

What a propagandist this man Assir is! He should be arrested for this criminal activity. A person who claims to care about Lebanon does not act in this way. Shameful man. I don't believe he actually has supporters. I bet they are financed from that beautiful democracy of Saudi Arabia.

The democratic West -- Americans, British, and Nato -- support the Salafists who are funded and trained by Saudi Arabia and Qatar among other Arab oil states, to ethnically cleanse (eliminate) Shi'ites and anybody else , incuding Christians, who oppose absolute Sharia law.
It is hard to understand Western reasoning.

To hell with these Wahhabi agents of fitna and sectarian hatred. No to talks with criminals and murderers! So many innocent men lost their lives today, and for what??? All this bloodshed because of the incitement of this revolting Saudi/Qatari stooge? I hope the army crushes him and his armed goons.

thats right ,The wahhabis are the worst of people ,God save us from them.They are a bunch of beasts ney even some beasts have clamer natures than these wahhabis.

Please stay until the last drop of your and your brothers blood is shed. Filth.

I hope, that lebanese army soon will start new operation like Nahr el Bared, but now against Assir and salafi groups in Saida and Ain el Hilwe.

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