Al-Mashnouq: The Clashes Stripped the Arms of their Holy Labe

Mustaqbal bloc MP Nohad al-Mashnouq noted Friday that the recent clashes in Borj Abi Haidar have removed all reasons for maintaining weapons in Beirut and have stripped the arms of their "holy" label.

He told the daily Asharq al-Awsat: "We will not back down from our peaceful and civil resistance and our demand that Beirut be devoid of weapons."

"This is our right and duty and not a sectarian or confessional demand," he added.

"This is a natural right for all residents of administrative Beirut regardless of their sects," the MP stated.