Hezbollah admits Running Guns to Gaza; Denies Accusations of Wanting to Launch Attacks in Egypt
This is the first time the militant group has acknowledged Shehab was a member, although media reports in November linked him to the group. “What he [Shehab] really did was a kind of logistic work to help Palestinian brothers in transporting men and equipment for the resistance inside Palestine,” Nasrallah said.
During a live television address, Nasrallah denied accusations that Hezbollah is trying to harm Egyptian security or is planning attacks on Egyptian targets, saying such claims “are meant to sully the image of Hezbollah among the Egyptian people.”
“I fully reject and deny all charges that Hezbollah was intending to launch an act of aggression in Egypt or at any part of the world,” Nasrallah said on al-Manar Television.
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Nasrallah said the aim of these accusation is to “agitate the Egyptian people and to defame Hezbollah’s pure and bright image.
“Such accusations aim to only please the Americans and Israelis for the Egyptian regime has failed by all means,” he said, and declared it was a “duty for Hezbollah” to help the Palestinians.
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“If helping the Palestinians is a crime, I officially admit to my crime … and if it is an accusation, we are proud of it. Everybody knows that this is not the first time Hezbollah has tried to furnish arms to the Palestinians,” he said.Rula Amin, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Beirut, said” “Hezbollah has never denied that it supports the resistance in Gaza.
“It sees it as a duty for all Arab countries to support Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other groups in Gaza in order to resist Israeli occupation. For Hezbollah, it would not be a shameful thing to smuggle money and weapons to Gaza.”
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