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A much anticipated speech for Hezbollah secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah. After escalated accusations that Hezbollah is fighting alongside the Syrian government Nasrallah described the media hype about the numbers of Hezbollah fighters being killed in Syria as lies. He reiterated that the movement was providing assistance to Lebanese who live in border villages in Syrian territory against attacks by armed groups. However he clearly implied that Hezbollah, along with other sides could get more involved in Syria if some dramatic developments took place. His words appeared addressed to both the Syrian opposition and foreign powers, amid the calls for foreign military intervention over alleged use of chemical weapons
Nasrallah did say that the shrine of Sayyeda Zainab in Damascus was being protected, without mentioning who was providing such protection against the Takfiri groups. Sayyeda Zainab is the granddaughter of Prophet Mohammad and her shrine is considered sacred particularly to Shiite Muslims. Hence, Hezbollah’s leader cautioned that any attack on the shrine could repeat the Iraqi scenario when the holy shrine in Samaraa was attacked. That attack ignited sectarian Sunni Shiite strife and almost led to civil war. Such strife is something Hezbollah has long been trying to prevent.
Nasrallah also warned that the continuation of the Syrian crisis threatens the Palestinian cause, saying that this cause was on the verge of annihilation. He again said that the Syrian crisis serves Israel’s interests, but warned that Hezbollah was ready more than ever before to face Israel despite this crsis.
Israel has deployed thousands of troops near the border with Lebanon for military drills. Israeli military officials however stated that these drills are not related to regional developments
Hezbollah’s leader has made it clear that he views the crisis in Syria as part of a broader plot which also targets Hezbollah itself. And therefore Sayyed Hasan sent a clear message that it would stop at nothing to prevent the fall of the Syrian government by military means , including foreign intervention.As such a scenario would mean victory for Hezbollah’s arch rival Israel
- Russia denies urging Hezbollah to withdraw from Syria (dailystar.com.lb)
- Nasrallah hints at possible Hezbollah intervention in Syria on Assad’s side (haaretz.com)
- Nasrallah met Khamenei in Iran, to make speech May 9 (dailystar.com.lb)