In an interview to local channel MTV, Samir Geagea, leader of the Christian Lebanese Foces (LF), denied the accusations made by Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Monday that he has assembled a militia and pursued a civil war.
Seven Lebanese Shi'ites were shot dead in Beirut last week during the worst street violence in the capital in more than a decade as Lebanon suffers a devastating economic meltdown.
The gunfire started as supporters of Hezbollah and its Shi'ite ally Amal were gathering for a demonstration called for by the parties against the lead investigator of the deadly Beirut port blast probe. The army is still investigating what happened. Hezbollah has accused the LF of staging an ambush.
Geagea has said the trouble began when supporters of the Shi'ite parties entered a Christian neighborhood where they vandalized cars and four residents were wounded before a shot was fired. He said he did not know who had opened fire.
Geagea said Nasrallah's speech was "a poisonous presence and full of errors and rumors." He added that his group did not have armed fighters and that the confrontation with Hezbollah was political, not military.