Al-Mustaqbal Movement leader MP Saad Hariri on Thursday warned against the “conspiracy” targeting the northern city of Tripoli, considering that the battles aim at diverting the attention from Hizbullah's participation in the Syrian war alongside President Bashar Assad's forces.
“The ongoing killing in Tripoli aims at providing a cover for the war of Hizbullah and the Syrian regime against (Syria's border town of) al-Qusayr,” Hariri said in a released statement.
He added: “These battles, that are causing destruction and the fall of many victims, only serve in keeping Lebanon under the mercy of Hizbullah's arms, which is being distributed in Tripoli and in other cities.”
"The killing machine plans to change Tripoli's national and Arab identities and to weaken its position in the political equation in Lebanon.”
Hariri confirmed, however, that the Syrian regime's attempts “will not succeed in transforming Tripoli into a submissive city.”
Addressing the residence of the northern city, Hariri urged them “not to confront arms with the use of arms”.
"Illegal weapons that are used to serve foreign projects will never triumph over the people,” he stressed.
"Al-Mustaqbal Movement is still betting on the State of Lebanon.”
Hariri also called on Tripoli's residence to cooperate with the army and the security forces in the city to enable them to perform their tasks in preventing security collapse and the attacks on citizens.
"The role of these forces should not be doubted or interrupted. There is no alternative for the State no matter how much militias tried to obstruct its efforts.”
He called on the military institution to bear the responsibility of “preventing sedition in Tripoli, and fight the transfer of weapons to factions working under Assad's orders.”
The latest violence in Tripoli began as Assad's regime launched a withering assault on the rebel stronghold of Qusayr, near the border with Lebanon.
Hizbullah has been sending fighters across the border to help Syrian regime forces attack Qusayr.
At least six people were killed in Tripoli overnight on Thursday, as rival neighborhoods clashed using for the first time different caliber mortars in addition to flares.