Report: Hezbollah cracking down on affiliated militants

Published October 9th, 2013 - 08:10 GMT
Hezbollah is apparently dissolving its Resistance Brigades in a bid to clean up its image. (AFP/File)
Hezbollah is apparently dissolving its Resistance Brigades in a bid to clean up its image. (AFP/File)

Hezbollah decided to dissolve its affiliated Resistance Brigades and to lift the cover off any member that breaches security, An Nahar newspaper reported on Wednesday.

According to the newspaper, the party's decision came in light of the increasing disputes between the members of the Resistance Brigades and the residents and parties of the southern city of Sidon.

The report pointed out that Hezbollah is “convinced that the Resistance Brigades in Sidon is tarnishing its image in the city.”

“The decision to dissolve it achieves more than one positive goal for Hezbollah,” the report added.

Salafist cleric Sheikh Ahmed Al Asir accused in June Hezbollah of using several apartments in Abra in Sidon to stockpile weapons and house fighters.

Al Asir supporters clashed several times with the members of the Hezbollah's Resistance Brigades in Abra.

The Salafist cleric, a 45-year-old cleric who supports the overwhelmingly Sunni rebels fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad, is no where to be found after his supporters clashed in June with the army.

Officials in Sidon have been demanding Hezbollah, after Al Asir's battle with the army, to withdraw its resistance brigades members from the city.


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