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behind creation of Takfiris
Secretary General of the
Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah Seyyed
Hassan Nasrallah says the Takfiri terrorists are
a US-Zionist plot.
“We are witnessing a new Nakba,” Nasrallah
said in a televised address on Saturday.
“The Nakba of the Takfiri
militants was first brought to the region by
the British Zionist project, now it is the
American Takfiri Zionist project, and
America is using this to weaken the Ummah
and tear it apart and to seize control of
its capabilities,” he added.
Every year on May 15, Palestinians all
over the world hold demonstrations to
commemorate Nakba Day, which marks the
anniversary of the forcible eviction of hundreds
of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland
by Israelis and the creation of the Israeli
regime in 1948.
On May 15, 1948, Israeli forces displaced
some 700,000 Palestinians, forcing them to flee
to different neighboring countries. Israeli
soldiers also wiped nearly 500 Palestinian
villages and towns off the map, leaving an
estimated total of 4.7 million Palestinian
refugees and their descendants dreaming of an
eventual return to their ancestral homeland more
than six decades later.
Battle for Qalamoun
Nasrallah praised the “victory” in
Qalamoun as a major achievement for Lebanon,
Syria, and the entire region.
The battles there took place from "hilltop
to hilltop and from valley to valley," he added.
Hezbollah, the Syrian army, and Syrian
volunteer forces, as well as the locals in
Qalamoun helped fighting the terrorists in the
strategic area, he noted.
Referring to the major difficulties in the
battle for Qalamoun, he said the high mountains
and hills inside the area made the mop-up
operation very difficult.
A total of around 300 square kilometers of
the Syrian and Lebanese territory was retaken
from the militants and some of their operation
centers were also destroyed, Nasrallah added.
“The highest level of
security was achieved for Syrian villages in
Qalamoun and the same goes for Damascus-Homs
road,” he said, adding; however, that as long as
the militants are present in border areas, such
as in Arsal outskirts and some parts of Qalamoun,
there would be risks.
Nasrallah said Hezbollah fighters have cut
off the supply lines of the militants from
Lebanon to Syria.
He further described attempts by certain
entities to pit Hezbollah against the Lebanese
army as "foolish."
The secretary general also criticized some
Arab media for waging what he referred to as
psychological warfare against Hezbollah. He
added the media has overplayed the number of
“There have been thirteen Hezbollah
martyrs in the battle so far,” he stated.
Nasrallah also stressed that the media was
trying to portray the Takfiri militants as
revolutionaries while they are in fact
Since the most recent Syria-Hezbollah
joint operations about nearly two weeks ago,
Nusra Front Takfiri militants had been using
Qalamoun mountainous region for transferring
weapons and reinforcements from Lebanon into
Syria, where they have been engaged in terrorism
operations against the government.
Failure after failure
Turning to Yemen, he called for the
condemnation of the US-backed Saudi aggression
against the impoverished country.
He said the Saudi military campaign has
failed to achieve any of its goals, saying
Riyadh has gained nothing but "failure after
“This aggression won’t achieve its
goals.... and it has failed in achieving its
goals,” he said.
Saudi Arabia started its military
aggression against Yemen on March 26 -- without
a UN mandate -- in a bid to undermine the Houthi
Ansarullah movement, which currently controls
the capital, Sana’a, and other major provinces,
and to restore power to fugitive former
President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who is a
staunch ally of Riyadh.
World mum on rights
violations in Bahrain
Touching upon the developments about the
popular uprising in Bahrain, he slammed the
violation of human rights in the Persian Gulf
kingdom, saying that the people of Bahrain are
facing torture and prison for their peaceful
“The situation in the prisons in
Bahrain is very difficult, it’s not just
against the most basic human rights and
something awful is taking place... in light
of international silence,” the secretary
Scores of Bahrainis have been killed and
hundreds of others injured and arrested in the
ongoing crackdown on peaceful demonstrations.
Since mid-February 2011, thousands of
anti-regime protesters have held numerous
demonstrations on the streets of Bahrain,
calling for the Al Khalifa family to relinquish
Power vacuum in Lebanon
On the future presidential election in
Lebanon, Nasrallah said the power vacuum has
reached a dangerous point, urging the Lebanese
people not to pin their hopes on foreigners to
make decisions for them in this regard.
“Take these matters very seriously, it’s
very important and sensitive, discuss the ways
out and raise solutions for the power vacuum,”
The power vacuum is considered the longest
since 1990, which marked the end of Lebanon's
In Lebanon’s power-sharing system, the
president must be a Christian, the prime
minister a Sunni Muslim and the parliament
speaker a Shia Muslim. Any presidential
candidate would have to receive the backing of
the two main political blocs, the March 8
alliance and the rival March 14 alliance, to win
the necessary majority from the legislature’s