Nasrallah Denies Reports of Explosion Planned in Nabatiyeh during Ashoura Processionإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Saturday confirmed that five Syrians were arrested in Nabatiyeh with "arms" in their possession, but denied reports claiming that the group was preparing an explosive device to detonate it at a Ashoura procession.
“Five Syrians have been detained possessing arms but we already know that many Syrians arrive in Lebanon to buy weapons,” Nasrallah said in a speech on the ninth day of Ashoura.
He pointed out that “media reports saying that the five Syrians who were detained as they were planning to detonate the explosives in Nabatiyeh are fallacious.”
The Army command confirmed on Saturday reports that the military arrested five Syrians in Nabatiyeh after seizing explosives and ammunition from them.
The army communique identified the men as Khodr Mohammed al-Fnoush, Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Fattah, Ahmed Mohammed al-Fnoush, Hussein Farhan al-Fattah and Wael Hussein al-Hassan.
“Weather and rain don't frighten us, nor any security threats could stand between us and Imam Hussein,” Nasrallah said.
The Army patrol seized explosives, mortar ammunition with Hebrew letters, in addition to a detonator, the statement said.
On Friday, the state-run National News Agency and other media reports said that the five men were arrested as they were planning to detonate the explosives during the Muharram (Ashoura) 9 procession planned in Nabatiyeh.
The last day of Ashoura, Muharram 10 in the Islamic lunar calendar, marks the climax of mourning for the death of revered Imam Hussein bin Ali -- the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed – at the hands of the army of the caliph Yazid during the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD.