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Nasrallah: ‘Friends’ will
defend Assad regime

The Hezbollah leader vowed his party would protect Lebanese Shiites in Syria

Nasrallah

Hezbollah’s leader vowed that “friends” of the Syrian regime would not allow it to fall and that his party would defend Lebanese Shiites residing in the Al-Qusayr area of Syria.

 

“Syria has real friends in the region and across the world that will not let the country fall into the hands of the US, Israel, or takfiris,” Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised address Tuesday evening.

 

Hezbollah and Iran are staunch regional supporters of the Syrian regime, while Russia backs it military and diplomatically in the UN Security Council alongside China.

 

Nasrallah also promised to defend the Lebanese Shiite inhabitants of Syria’s Al-Qusayr region, which has been the focus of fierce battles in recent weeks.

 

“We will not abandon the Lebanese residents of Al-Qusayr to face the aggressions of the armed groups [by themselves] and we will do everything in our power to help them survive, we will not hesitate at all to do so,” the Hezbollah chief said in reference to Shiite inhabitants of the area.

 

“There are more than 30,000 Lebanese residing in Al-Qusayr. Over the course of the last few months, the Syrian army has had to retreat from the towns in Al-Qusayr. This has led to these various towns’ residents having to face the rebels on their own.”

 

Nasrallah accused the Lebanese state of failing to protect border towns, adding that Beirut could not be expected to send the Lebanese army into Syria.

 

He also warned that “extremist groups” operating near the Shiite shrine of Sayyida Zainab outside Damascus have threatened to destroy the site.

 

“If such a crime were to take place, it will carry with it grave consequences.”

 

Hezbollah has come under criticism for reportedly fighting on the side of the Syrian regime against rebels in the Al-Qusayr area and outside Damascus, with news outlets in the past weeks reporting that a number of party members had been killed in fighting in Syria.

 

However, Nasrallah denied that large numbers of Hezbollah fighters had been killed in the fighting in Syria.

 

“Hezbollah members killed in Syria are buried publicly, we are not ashamed [of their deaths],” he said, adding that the large numbers of fatalities reported in media outlets could not be hidden in a country of Lebanon's size.

 

Nasrallah also addressed the recent accusations chemical weapons had been used in Syria, saying that “the chemical weapons ‘game’ is nothing but an attempt to find an excuse for foreign intervention in Syria to destroy it.”

 

He added that foreign powers aimed to “destroy Syria as a country, people and army” and “cancel its regional role.”

 

Last week, Israeli intelligence said Assad’s regime used chemical weapons against rebels, while the US afterward said it had evidence chemical weapons were likely used in the conflict.

 

The Hezbollah chief also denied the Shiite party was behind the drone Israel shot down last week.

 

“Hezbollah did not send a drone across Lebanon’s southern border, and denied these claims by way of a one-line statement issued the night of said incident."

 

“Israel, until now and with all its technology, has not yet been able to ascertain or announce where the drone originated from,” he also said.

 

Israel on Thursday shot down a drone in an incident described by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as "extremely grave."

 

Israel Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon said Hezbollah was behind the drone, but the Shiite movement’s television channel Al-Manar said the group "denies sending any unmanned drone towards occupied Palestine.”

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah speaks on Tuesday evening. (AFP/Al-Manar)

Syria has real friends in the region and across the world that will not let the country fall into the hands of the US, Israel, or takfiris.

  • Proud to be a normal Lebanese

    How is it "Good!" when Hezbollah's (in reality, Hezboshaytan) fighters are coming back to their hometown in boxes draped in yellow flags? They are fightning in a land unfamiliar to them, and history always tells us that in such a case, the "invaders" will be beaten badly. Thoses "rebels" are the ones who will prevail because they are fighting for their freedom from the tyrany of the Al Assad clan, especially after they start getting the support they deserve from the US and other friends. Hezboshaytan's Hassan Nasralla became to believe his own lies regarding "liberating" the South in 2000, and the "victrory" in 2006 which killed 3,000 lebanese, mostly shiites, and cost Lebanon billions of dollars. The 2000 "liberation" was nothing but a strategic pullout by Israel, and the 2006 "victory" was nothing but an illusion using the Almanar media to illude the Arabs and rally false support behind Hesboshaytan, which is now evaporating quicker than boiling water even among the Hezb's members and their own families. they are sick and tired of their sons coming back in body bags, not to mention the lawlessness, prostitution, and drug trading in the southern suberb of Beirut. The dust will clear after the defeat of the killing regime and Hezb very soon, and the alleged reputation and strength of the Hezboshaytan willl show its true colors, God willing.

    May 3, 2013

  • Vlad Tepes

    Good! It's Hezbollah that's beating the crap out of those "rebels". That's why they are all whining about it and running scared. Good for you Nasrallah, don't let the Zionists just take whatever they want!

    May 1, 2013

  • Peace in the Middle East

    you are an idiot Nasrallah, one selfish moron. You are honestly causing war between the muslims. It will get to a stage where you will be out of arms, will get weaker and it would be a perfect opportunity for Israel just to wipe you out. Think about what your doing by sending troops to Syria to fight your muslim brothers. your weakening Hezbollah in the south, as much as you would like to deny it, that is exactly what is happening. I bet Israel is just licking its lips and waiting for the perfect moment.

    May 1, 2013

  • Vlad Tepes

    How would you like it if Hezbollah went to your town an messed up your little Sunni shrine. It's them not Nasrallah declaring war.

    May 1, 2013

  • Peace in the Middle East

    Look Mr. Nasrallah its time to throw in the towel and be sensible about it, stop being ignorant and stupid. Hezbollah could never control Lebanon nor can it have any effect in the middle east outside its geographic area. Why are you making life hard for all the Shiites in Lebanon and around the world, why should they suffer because of your hidden Iranian agenda, who do you think you are and how far do you think you will get? are you stupid? wake up before its too late. If you somehow manage to kill every sunni muslim in Lebanon and Syria which is impossible and take over by force the entire area, what do you think would happen to the rest of the Shiites around the world? you are only a small percent of the muslim population, or hold on that's right you don't give a crap what happens to all the other Shiites around the world, just as long as iran gets what it wants.

    May 1, 2013

  • Montrealer

    Nasrallah! Get a life!!!

    May 1, 2013

  • RODRIGUEZ

    NASRALLAH IS VERY GOOD AT IT : THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO DIG HIS OWN GRAVE !!!

    May 1, 2013