Hezbollah: No civil war after resignations

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said the resignations of 11 of the militant movement's ministers in Lebanon's Cabinet wouldn't lead to civil war.

"There will never be a war between the Sunnis and Shiites. We will calculate our steps." Nasrallah said.


Nasrallah met with Druze leader Walid Jumblatt to discuss the political landscape after the resignations, reported. Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said talks on forming a new government will begin next week.

Police said two grenades were lobbed at the Beit Habab headquarters of Michel Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement, considered an ally of the militant Hezbollah, Ynetnews reported. One grenade exploded and caused damage but no casualties were reported, police said.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy Thursday after Hariri, during a visit to Washington, learned of the collapse of his coalition government following the resignations of the Hezbollah ministers.

The governing crisis was fueled by a dispute over a U.N. tribunal's investigation into the 2005 assassination of Hariri's father, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Hezbollah opposes the tribunal, which is expected to indict several members of the militant group in the death of Rafik Hariri in a massive truck bomb blast in Beirut.


Neither Hariri nor Sarkozy spoke to the media after their meeting in Paris, said. Hariri was expected to travel to Turkey to meet with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, and then to Syria before returning to Beirut.

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