Nasrallah denies Syria regime gave Hezbollah chemical weapons

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah. (AFP/Al-Manar)

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Monday night denied that his Shiite party had received chemical weapons from the Syrian regime and warned that such accusations threatened Lebanon.


“Religious reasons [prevent] us from owning or using chemical weapons,” Nasrallah said in response to a Free Syrian Army media official’s claim that the Bashar al-Assad regime transferred chemical weapons to the Shiite group.


“These [chemical weapons transfer] accusations have dangerous repercussions on Lebanon… [if Hezbollah opponents] go along with Syrian opposition accusations they will endanger the country and all of its people.”


Last week, Free Syrian Army spokesperson Fahed al-Masri alleged that the Syrian regime transferred stocks of chemical weapons to Hezbollah, adding that the Shiite party stored them in Mount Sannine, Ayoun Ourghosh, Al-Yammouneh and near the town of Meshmesh between the Hermel and Akkar countryside.


Although the Hezbollah chief touched on the allegations that chemical weapons had been transferred to his party, he did not broach the subject of the August 21 chemical strike outside Damascus that brought the US on the verge of military strikes against Syria.


The Hezbollah chief turned to domestic Lebanese developments, welcoming the deployment of state security forces in his party’s Dahiyeh stronghold.


Nasrallah rejected charges that his Shiite party aimed to create a “mini-state” with its checkpoints in Beirut’s Dahiyeh, saying Monday’s deployment of security troops in the area proved his party did not aim to have “self-security.”


“When we resorted to self-security, it was because we noticed a vacuum in certain areas and we were compelled to fill that vacuum.”


He added that Hezbollah was “against self-security in principle” and called on residents of the mainly Shiite populated area to cooperate with security forces and support their mission.


Hezbollah had stepped up its security measures, mainly in Dahiyeh and Baalbek, after a car bomb attack rocked the Shiite party’s stronghold on August 15. The stringent checkpoints sparked a round of criticism from pro-Western March 14 alliance parties.


Nasrallah also blamed Takfiri groups—in reference to Islamist extremists—for the August bomb attack that left dozens dead in Dahiyeh, reiterating his previous warnings that Takfiri groups were threatening not only Syria but Lebanon and the rest of the region.


The Hezbollah chief addressed the stalled cabinet formation process which has seen six months of impasse as Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam has worked to bridge the gaps between the rival March 14 and March 8 alliances.


“We have one condition which is that all the political blocs in the party must be represented in proportion to their parliamentary representation,” Nasrallah said.

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah speaks in a televised address on Monday. (AFP/Al-Manar)

These [chemical weapon transfer] accusations have dangerous repercussions on Lebanon.

  • NotSure1

    Is he talking religion now? It seems his copy of the Quran is different than mine. In my copy aggression is always prohibited there is no mention of using chemical weapons. In my copy it says you may fight those who attack you, but don’t aggress. God/Allah doesn’t love the aggressors. I don’t see why he is aggressing in Syria and what he is doing there in the first place. Allah's Words are the Messenger's Words. And the path to God/Allah is the Quran only. Well, unless he is biased and want to go with the man-made hadith which was written 200 years after the messenger, or a man-made Persian book and not the Quran. Either or, these books were not read-proof by the messenger or authorized by God/Allah.

    September 27, 2013