Leader of Lebanon’s Christian bloc slams Hezbollah for turning country into ‘battlefield’

Samir Geagea, leader of the Christian Lebanese Forces party, speaks to an AFP journalist, during an interview at his residence in Maarab, north of the capital Beirut, on May 20, 2022. (Joseph Eid/AFP)
Samir Geagea, leader of the Christian Lebanese Forces party, speaks to an AFP journalist, during an interview at his residence in Maarab, north of the capital Beirut, on May 20, 2022. (Joseph Eid/AFP)

The head of Lebanon’s Christian political party Lebanese Forces, Samir Geagea slammed the Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group for turning the country “into a battlefield,” during a meeting with the UK’s ambassador to Lebanon Hamish Cowell, Lebanese media outlet LBCI Lebanon reports.

During the meeting, Geagea criticized Lebanon’s current caretaker government for granting too much power to Hezbollah.

“Instead of fulfilling its duties to serve Lebanon and its people, it handed over decision-making to a faction, allowing the country to turn into a battlefield, a mere commodity in the volatile regional scene,” LBCI reports him as saying.

Geagea also called for a solution to be found for the Palestinian people amid the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, saying that without it, the region will remain unstable.

Since the deadly Hamas onslaught inside Israel on October 7 and the subsequent war in Gaza, Hezbollah forces have carried out near-daily attacks on Israel, launching rockets, missiles and drones from southern Lebanon.

“We will not witness any stability in the region without resolving the Palestinian issue,” Geagea reportedly said. “It is time to take positions coupled with actions on this issue that has exhausted the region, Lebanon, and Palestine for more than 70 years.”

 

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