March 14, Mustaqbal Reject Nasrallah Claims on Dahiyeh Reconstructionإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
The March 14 forces and Mustaqbal bloc condemned Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s recent remarks on the reconstruction of Beirut’s southern suburbs in which he implied that Iran played the greatest role in its rebuilding process after its extensive destruction during the July 2006 war, reported the daily An Nahar on Saturday.
March 14 General Secretariat Fares Soaid told the daily: “Hizbullah has claimed that Iran has funded the reconstruction and carried out the rebuilding process itself.’
“It is as if he is reassuring the people in Lebanon that if the area was once again destroyed Iran would rebuilt it as it did the first time seeing as the party is part of the Iranian axis,” he continued.
Nasrallah had stated during a ceremony to mark the completion of the reconstruction of Dahiyeh: “Iran has been generous in reconstruction efforts.”
“Previous governments received Arab funds to rebuild the area, but where are they?” he asked.
Nasrallah thanked Iran, its president, government, and people for their support.
He also thanked the Kuwaiti development fund that also reconstructed some buildings, adding that Iran took care of half of the cost of reconstructing the southern suburbs.
Soaid remarked: “It’s unacceptable for Nasrallah to boast about being more Arab than others.”
Meanwhile, Mustaqbal bloc circles told An Nahar: “By alleging that Hizbullah reconstructed Dahiyeh through Iranian funds, Nasrallah is acting as if the people have no memory of the war or its aftermath.”
“The truth is that the state reconstructed its infrastructure and buildings,” they noted.
The state revealed the facts and figures in this matter, while Nasrallah hasn’t.
The circles did not deny however the role Iran played in the rebuilding process, saying that the Waad company oversaw the reconstruction after it garnered the people’s support and state and Arab funding.
“Those who ensured the destruction are now claiming to have led the reconstruction,” they lamented.
Beirut’s southern suburbs, a Hizbullah stronghold, came under heavy Israeli bombardment during the July 2006 war.