Nasrallah: We Won't Hesitate to Help Lebanese in Qusayr and We Pride Ourselves in Our Martyrs

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Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stated on Tuesday that he will not hesitate to help the Lebanese in Syria’s border town of al-Qusayr, assuring that the party prides itself in its martyrs.

In a televised interview tackling the latest Lebanese and regional developments, Nasrallah also denied claims that Hizbullah was behind the drone shot down by Israeli army on Thursday, doubting that the incidence even took place.

‪”We won't leave the Lebanese in Qusayr's countryside vulnerable to attacks and we will not hesitate to help them‬,” Nasrallah said explaining his party’s involvement in the Syrian conflict.

He continued: “I have already talked about the issue of Qusayr and said that 30,000 Lebanese Muslims and Christians were targeted, torched and prevented from going to work.”

“These people have the right to do everything to defend themselves and have the right to receive assistance and this is a moral and humanitarian thing.”

Nasrallah revealed that Lebanese nationals took part in the attacks on the Lebanese residents in the region, adding that “no party can claim being innocent" concerning involvement in the Syrian conflict.

“In Lebanon, fatwas, speeches and the sending of money, arms and fighters have not stopped since two years,” he remarked.

He also announced that Hizbullah fighters are defending holy places in the area: “Armed groups are only hundreds of meters away from the Sayyeda Zainab shrine and Takfirist groups launched clear threats on the Internet that they will destroy the shrine should they enter the area."

"We are not accusing the Sunnis at all. Our problem is with the Takfirist groups and everyone must stand in their face and prevent them from destroying the shrine," he said.

“Fighters that are falling martyrs are the ones preventing sectarian strife.”

“We pride ourselves in our martyrs, especially in those who fell in recent days, and we are holding public funerals‬,” Nasrallah expressed.

Addressing the Syrian opposition, the leader assured: “You will not manage to take Damascus or topple the regime as the battle is long.”

He noted: “Syria has real friends in the region and the world who will not let Syria fall in the hands of America, in the hands of Israel or in the hands of the Takfirist groups.”

The Hizbullah leader said the objective behind what's happening in Syria is “not only to remove the country from the axis of resistance, but to destroy the Syrian state, people, society and army in order to turn it into a failed state that cannot take decisions concerning its oil, gas and fortunes.”

“The conflict is between two camps,” he remarked.

“The first chose the approach of toppling the regime and resorted to the ugliest forms of combat, slaughter and beheading, all the way to seeking an international political and military intervention aimed at destroying Syria.”

Meanwhile, according to Nasrallah, “the second camp has been paying attention to the impact of the Syrian crisis on the entire region.”

“We are part of this camp,” he stated. “And we have been always calling for a political solution.”

Nasrallah said that whoever is seeking to rescue Syria must seek "political dialogue and a political settlement."

Tackling the drone shot down by Israeli air force on Thursday, Nasrallah said: “Hizbullah did not send such a drone and we have issued a communiqué about this due to the delicate situation.”

He elaborated: “The Israeli observers accused Hizbullah and this is an honor we won't claim, but according to our follow-up, no official accusation has been launched against Hizbullah, except for the one voiced in the very first moments by the deputy war minister.”

He said the reservations and the accusations are not a source of concern to the party: “Everyone knows that Hizbullah has the courage to take responsibility for any act it performs, especially if it's against the enemy.”

Nasrallah pointed out that Israel did not provide footage of the downing of the drone: “Until now we don't know whether they have found the wreckage or not.”

Nasrallah tackled several theories discussing the incident, among them that the drone could have been launched with the aim of drawing a direct response from the Israelis in order to push Lebanon into a confrontation with Israel.

“There is another hypothesis that Israel had sent the drone into Lebanon before flying it into its airspace,” he noted.

Nasrallah warned: “If anyone in the region believes that the resistance in Lebanon is going through a moment of weakness or unclarity due to the situations in Syria, Iraq or Palestine, then they are very mistaken.”

“I warn the enemy and its allies against committing any folly against Lebanon because the resistance is vigilant and its finger is on the trigger and it has the resolve to defend Lebanon and its people.”

Israeli air force said Thursday it shot down an unmanned aircraft several miles off the coast of the northern city of Haifa after it entered Israeli airspace from Lebanon.

Israel's deputy defense minister Danny Danon accused Hizbullah of sending the drone.

"We're talking about another attempt by Hizbullah to send an unmanned drone into Israeli territory," he said to the army radio.

However, the party responded with a communiqué denying the Israeli claims.

Timeline
  • 30 April 2013, 21:39

    Nasrallah: Do not bet on the battlefield as pushing things to a dangerous escalation will not stop at a certain limit and a political solution would be beneficial for Syria and the region.

  • 30 April 2013, 21:38

    Nasrallah: The war in Syria must stop.

  • 30 April 2013, 21:37

    Nasrallah: I tell the Lebanese and everyone hearing me that we don't want a problem in Lebanon and we don't want to move the battle to Lebanon.

  • 30 April 2013, 21:34

    Nasrallah: I have told Lebanese officials that if it is true that the kidnappers of the Lebanese pilgrims want to swap them for women detainees, I'm willing to go to Damascus to talk with the regime and resolve the issue.

  • 30 April 2013, 21:30

    Nasrallah: There are fighters defending this spot and falling martyrs and they are the ones preventing sectarian strife. We are not accusing the Sunnis at all and I have said that this shrine has been protected by Sunnis since hundreds of years. Our problem is with the Takfirist groups and everyone must stand in their face and prevent them from destroying the shrine.

  • 30 April 2013, 21:28

    Nasrallah: The opposition's condemnations are not enough because the armed groups do not heed their calls and the countries supporting these groups must prevent them from making such a step.

  • 30 April 2013, 21:27

    Nasrallah: The destruction of the shrine at the hands of Takfirist groups will have very dangerous repercussions and things can spiral out of control.

  • 30 April 2013, 21:27

    Nasrallah: No one should say that we're exaggerating, because they destroyed the shrines in (Iraq's) Samarra.

  • 30 April 2013, 21:26

    Nasrallah: Armed groups are only hundreds of meters away from the Sayyeda Zainab shrine and Takfirist groups launched clear threats on the Internet that they will destroy the shrine should they enter the area. We saw what happened in Mali, Somalia, Egypt and Tunisia and how they destroyed shrines and tombs.

  • 30 April 2013, 21:24

    Nasrallah: We will not leave the Lebanese in Qusayr's countryside vulnerable to attacks from armed groups and we will not hesitate to help them.

  • 30 April 2013, 21:23

    Nasrallah: These people have the right to do everything to defend themselves and have the right to receive assistance and this is a moral and humanitarian thing.

  • 30 April 2013, 21:22

    Nasrallah: What can the Lebanese state do? Can it send the Lebanese army to Lebanese towns inside Syria? The maximum it can do is to send a letter of protest to the Arab League which is arming the opposition.

  • 30 April 2013, 21:22

    Nasrallah: Lebanese nationals took part in the attacks on the Lebanese residents in Qusayr's countryside.

  • 30 April 2013, 21:21

    Nasrallah: In Lebanon, fatwas, speeches and the sending of money, arms and fighters have not stopped since two years and they have done everything in their capacity, so let no one claim that he is innocent.

  • 30 April 2013, 21:20

    Nasrallah: Attacks against these villages increased and we had confirmed information that large numbers of gunmen were preparing to control these towns that are inhabited by Lebanese citizens, and it was very normal for the Syrian army and popular committees to advance and offer them help.

  • 30 April 2013, 21:19

    Nasrallah: What aggravated the situation is that, due to the developments on the ground, the Syrian army had to leave the area and people found themselves in a confrontation with the armed groups. We were pushing them to seek a truce and a reconciliation with their neighbors, but the armed groups torpedoed all the efforts.

  • 30 April 2013, 21:18

    Nasrallah: I have already talked about the issue of Qusayr's countryside and said that 30,000 Lebanese Muslims and Christians were targeted, torched and prevented from going to work.

  • 30 April 2013, 21:14

    Nasrallah: I tell the Arab and Muslim peoples and all Syrians that whoever wants to rescue Syria ... that they must seek political dialogue and a political settlement.

  • 30 April 2013, 21:13

    Nasrallah: Syria has real friends in the region and the world who will not let Syria fall in the hands of America, in the hands of Israel or in the hands of the Takfirist groups.

  • 30 April 2013, 21:12

    Nasrallah: Some Iranian experts have been in Syria since decades and other claims are unfounded or very exaggerated. If this is the situation so far, how would things be in the future should resistance forces and other nations intervene?

  • 30 April 2013, 21:11

    Nasrallah: You cannot topple the regime militarily and the facts on the ground prove that you can't, although you are fighting the Syrian army and the pro-regime popular forces and until the moment no Iranian forces have entered Syria.

  • 30 April 2013, 21:10

    Nasrallah to Syrian opposition: You will not manage to take Damascus or topple the regime as the battle is long although we have never called for combat.

  • 30 April 2013, 21:07

    Nasrallah: The second approach is pushing for dialogue while the first approach is insisting on ousting the regime, supplying more money and weapons and preventing opposition figures from seeking dialogue. I have names and information concerning opposition figure who were prohibited from engaging in dialogue.

  • 30 April 2013, 21:06

    Nasrallah: The second camp, and we are part of it, has been paying attention to the impact of the Syrian crisis on the entire region and we've been always calling for a political solution.

  • 30 April 2013, 21:05

    Nasrallah: They are killing (Muslim) scholars and abducting (Christian) clergymen.

  • 30 April 2013, 21:05

    Nasrallah: Throughout two years, we have faced a flood of fatwas and jihad calls and what was issued from Lebanon is not new and it dates back two years and has nothing to do with the accusations against Hizbullah. Even the electricity technicians and sanitary workers who are employed by the Syrian state are being killed.

  • 30 April 2013, 21:02

    Nasrallah: There is a conflict in Syria between friends and supporters of both camps. The first camp had the choice of toppling the regime and resorted to the ugliest forms of combat, slaughter and beheading, all the way to seeking an international political and military intervention aimed at destroying Syria the same as other countries were destroyed, and this approach is backed by religious scholars and political leaders.

  • 30 April 2013, 20:57

    Nasrallah: The objective behind what's happening in Syria is not only to remove Syria from the axis of resistance, as one can confidently say that the objective of all those behind the war in Syria is to destroy the Syrian state, people, society and army in order to turn Syria into a failed state that cannot take decisions concerning its oil, gas and fortunes.

  • 30 April 2013, 20:54

    Nasrallah: I thank the families of the martyrs for their historical awareness and the remarks attributed to them increase our determination to continue the path.

  • 30 April 2013, 20:54

    Nasrallah: We are holding public funerals for our martyrs and we pride ourselves in them, especially those who fell in recent days.

  • 30 April 2013, 20:52

    Nasrallah: We have not concealed our martyrs and we are not burying them in batches. Whenever a martyr falls in any location, his family would be immediately informed and he would be buried the next day.

  • 30 April 2013, 20:51

    Nasrallah: Among the things and lies they focused on are the alleged convoys of martyrs and some media outlets launched an auction over the number of martyrs and yesterday Al-Arabiya television said we lost 30 martyrs and they spoke of mass graves.

  • 30 April 2013, 20:50

    Nasrallah: We have been living in the heart of the psychological and military warfare since 30 years.

  • 30 April 2013, 20:47

    Nasrallah: We will confront any aggression with the highest level of preparedness and we will win any future confrontation and let no one make wrong calculations in this regard.

  • 30 April 2013, 20:47

    Nasrallah: I warn the enemy and its allies against committing any folly against Lebanon because the resistance is vigilant and its finger is on the trigger and it has the resolve to defend Lebanon and its people.

  • 30 April 2013, 20:46

    Nasrallah: If anyone in the region believes or thinks that the resistance in Lebanon is going through a moment of weakness or unclarity due to the situations in Syria, Iraq or Palestine, then they are very mistaken.

  • 30 April 2013, 20:45

    Nasrallah: Settlements are usually accompanied by an aggression aimed at imposing conditions on the Palestinians.

  • 30 April 2013, 20:45

    Nasrallah: There are developments linked to Syria and worrisome indications concerning Gaza, and what aggravates these concerns are the renewed Gulf-U.S. efforts to impose new conditions on the Palestinians.

  • 30 April 2013, 20:42

    Nasrallah: There is another hypothesis that Israel had sent the drone into Lebanon before flying it into its airspace.

  • 30 April 2013, 20:42

    Nasrallah: There is a hypothesis that an unfriendly party, other than Israel, had launched the drone without the knowledge of Lebanon or Hizbullah. The drone could have been launched from Lebanon or any other place with the aim of drawing a direct response from the Israelis in order to push Lebanon into a confrontation with Israel amid the tense situation in the region, but there is nothing that can confirm this.

  • 30 April 2013, 20:37

    Nasrallah: There is no proof that the incident took place to begin with. I'm not denying that it happened, I'm just saying that there is nothing to confirm that a drone had penetrated the enemy's entity.

  • 30 April 2013, 20:36

    Nasrallah: Everyone knows that Hizbullah has the courage to take responsibility for any act it performs, especially if it's against the enemy, and a lot of reservations and accusations are not a source of concern to us.

  • 30 April 2013, 20:35

    Nasrallah: The Israelis have not provided footage of the downing of the drone and until now we don't know whether they have found the wreckage or not.

  • 30 April 2013, 20:34

    Nasrallah: Hizbullah did not send such a drone and due to the delicate situation, the party denied responsibility in a communique containing a single line.

  • 30 April 2013, 20:34

    Nasrallah: Lebanese parties blamed us for the drone and started repeating this chorus.

  • 30 April 2013, 20:33

    Nasrallah: The Israeli observers accused Hizbullah and this is an honor we won't claim, but according to our follow-up, no official accusation has been launched against Hizbullah, except for the accusation voiced in the very first moments by the deputy war minister, who voiced a hasty accusation but did not repeat it.

  • 30 April 2013, 20:33

    Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in a televised address on the latest developments: The Israelis have claimed that they have shot down an unmanned drone that entered from the Lebanese airspace.

SourceNaharnet
Comments 41
Missing mohammad_ca 30 April 2013, 20:38

Let's see what the "resistance" has to say..."Israel is our only enemy?" BS...

Missing paulassaf 30 April 2013, 21:24

He is just buying time so he can gather more Imam khamanie fanatics to slaughter more syrian sunnis

Thumb benzona 30 April 2013, 22:48

I miss Kiserwanimouthadram!

Missing paulassaf 30 April 2013, 21:26

(Nasrallah: We have been living in the heart of the psychological and military warfare since 30 years.) This speech right here is exactly that, could someone please send him some JDAMS already

Thumb benzona 30 April 2013, 21:28

Jdams? ':c'est quoi ça?

Missing paulassaf 01 May 2013, 11:35

Joint Direct Attack Munition > JDAM

Thumb primesuspect 30 April 2013, 20:55

mentiroso, terrorista y ladron!

Missing samiam 30 April 2013, 21:23

now he is the self proclaimed savior of the palestinians

dreams of grandeur...

Thumb benzona 30 April 2013, 21:30

Rêver c'est tout ce qu'il lui reste depuis son sombre domicile souterrain.

Thumb geha 30 April 2013, 21:41

for the first time, it is clear nasrallah is on the defensive, but not backing down.
that is understandable since hizbushaitan has burned all possible bridges due to its involvement with the Syrian regime.
for hizbushaitan, now, the fall of the Syrian regime is the fall of hizbushaitan: they are playing sold.
it is apparent now the situation in Syria will last more time, but the end is going to be extremely bloody.
nasrallah showed how afraid he is for the first time.

Default-user-icon mustapha o. ghalayini (Guest) 30 April 2013, 21:50

we have to understand the sayyed,he is already trapped,wilayat el faqih is giving the orders , he has to follow,the guy at least is honest ,he already said he is a soldier in wilayat el faqih....lets tango.

Missing allouchi 30 April 2013, 22:40

Ya Nousrala stop lying "haram"..it's time to hang up your black turban and move to Iran...

Missing peace 30 April 2013, 22:41

he is not afraid for the lebanese living in syria but by being cut from damascus and iran if the border villages fall into rebels hands. no arm supply or whatever can enter lebanon by syria if so.... that is the whole hypocrisy....

Thumb benzona 30 April 2013, 22:50

Then we need to take control of the various ports across Lebanon to ensure they can no longer spread terror in a once beautiful country....

Thumb benzona 30 April 2013, 22:49

Hohoho elle est bien bonne!

Thumb phoenician 30 April 2013, 23:08

Inadequate obese recluse, Partition please.

Missing beiruti99 30 April 2013, 23:16

If lebanese shiites in syria are your concern then take them to lebanon!! If about 1 million syrians could leave syria and go to lebanon, then why the hell cant lebanese shiites in syria do the same???? Lebanese my a**. Since when are they lebanese? How come syrians who were in lebanon when the borders were drawn became lebanese yet after all these years, lebanese in syria still are lebanese? What kind of sick joke is this? If they identify with lebanon then let them come here. Filthy excuses for a filthy war to protect shiite dominance of power in syria.

Missing beiruti99 30 April 2013, 23:16

If lebanese shiites in syria are your concern then take them to lebanon!! If about 1 million syrians could leave syria and go to lebanon, then why the hell cant lebanese shiites in syria do the same???? Lebanese my a**. Since when are they lebanese? How come syrians who were in lebanon when the borders were drawn became lebanese yet after all these years, lebanese in syria still are lebanese? What kind of sick joke is this? If they identify with lebanon then let them come here. Filthy excuses for a filthy war to protect shiite dominance of power in syria.

Missing beiruti99 30 April 2013, 23:20

When nasrallah claims he is protecting muslims and christians, what he really means is shiites and shiites. Nothing but filthy taqiya going on here.

Default-user-icon ghost towns (Guest) 30 April 2013, 23:55

this man killed, chased away and imprisoned the lebanese in south lebanon many years ago. he doesn't care for lebanese or lebanon.... but his own kingdom.

Missing youssefhaddad 01 May 2013, 00:10

"Takfirists" he calls those fighting in Syria which is partially true but look who is blaming others for having a sectarian based extremist ideology! So, Hezbollah which is formed from "ashraf alnaas " and who is founded, inspired and financed by the totalitarian Iranian theocracy, is not "takfeerist".
It is amazing how Hassan always finds something Lebanese to defend even if it is in Syria. First the Shebaa farms now alqaseer.
When will the Shias wake up to see that they have been drafted to defend the vicious regimes of Syria and Iran, when?

Missing plantmorecedar 01 May 2013, 02:31

Rodzil, you are a plain idiot. Have you ever been to the border towns? I'd like to tell you that they are largely undeveloped. The exception however, is of course, Al-Qusayr, which has undergone a full fledged blockade and siege by Assad's army about one year ago, long enough to harm any Lebanese that was still there. I don't suppose you forgot about that...

Thumb primesuspect 01 May 2013, 03:08

Theres some truth in your comment. you only omitted to say that Iran, Israel, Syria or America share the same bed. The only regime that doesn't yet is north Korea.

Israel, Syria are very happy with the current situation, Bashar legitimizes his power by scaring the world with the Nusra threat, Nasrallah does the same, Israel remains protected which keeps America happy. So yes, there's an illusion.... But you only mentioned a part of it mentiroso.

Missing helicopter 01 May 2013, 03:11

We Won't Hesitate to Help Lebanese in Qusayr and We Pride Ourselves in Our Martyrs.............This is an outright call by Mr. Nasrallah for all Lebanese to abide by the Baabda declaration (it does not apply to him though, I said all Lebanese).

Thumb primesuspect 01 May 2013, 03:21

He's no leb!

Missing helicopter 01 May 2013, 03:13

The Hizbullah leader said the objective behind what's happening in Syria is “not only to remove the country from the axis of resistance, but to destroy the Syrian state, people, society and army in order to turn it into a failed state that cannot take decisions concerning its oil, gas and fortunes.”...........
In other words, USA is doing to Syria what Hezb has done to Lebanon.

Missing VINCENT 01 May 2013, 03:19

I am not counting on it, nor want to see those filthy Persians control anything other their own territory. But surely they are working very hard and fast on their nuclear capabilities.

Missing plantmorecedar 01 May 2013, 03:20

Right, so while we're at it, why don't we just focus on Israel when Iran's influence is obviously growing and having an effect on our lives. Because, unlike Israel which has its 100s of nukes, we've had the pleasure of knowing that in the meantime not a single one will be dropped on us or on our neighbors. Iran on the other hand is in direct control of a militia in the south of Lebanon that has subjugated citizens within Lebanon with the show of force. At least the MAJORITY sentiment is not to deal with Israel no matter what, because they are enemies, on the other hand it's ok to deal with Iran? How about we stop Iran's growing influence, and then we can focus on Israel's constant law infringing habits on our borders while we kick out selfish khalije's who buy up land that could be otherwise used or developed for the benefit of the Lebanese.

Thumb beiruti 01 May 2013, 04:49

This guy shows that he is not a part of the Lebanese state. The Baabda Declaration, to which all parties ascribed set the official Lebanese policy of non-interference in the Syrian War. This guy has complete disregard for the official position of the government in which his Party, Hezbollah, is supposedly the leader of the majority coalition and which dominates the Council of Ministers.
He prides himself of his martyrs? He justifies military intervention on the basis of religion, when it is a matter of state? This guy and his Party, Hezbollah should not be considered a Lebanese Party, even under the fig leaf any longer. The Rat is a Traitor. He and his Party are Iranian partisans, not Lebanese. Period.

Missing maroun 01 May 2013, 04:58

this idiot ..so called religious leader is clearly a lire.

Missing maroun 01 May 2013, 05:00

he will do anything in his power to stop the regime from falling.it has nothing to do with lebanese living in syria.

Missing VINCENT 01 May 2013, 06:21

To Flamethrower, it is fairly clear that Iran WANTS and has taken steps and set certain events in motion to be the larges, strongest barking dog in the M.E. If successful with its nuclear weapon capability and take control of the Gulf of Hormuz, Iran will be able to dominate and push around the Sunni dominated governments/Kingdoms. It is safe to say it has Lebanon mostly under its control, Iraq is very possible and is fighting for Syria. And yes, therefore subjugate the M.E. And yes, it is not to say that the U.S. and/or Israel (your then best friends) will stand on the side lines and allow this to happen. This is what I think.

Missing samiam 01 May 2013, 12:24

On the bright side, he did basically call out the syrian ambassador and called him a liar--do we dissention in the farsi alliance?

Default-user-icon Guest (Guest) 01 May 2013, 14:07

Thank you for your help.
You did in 2006 and the result was 5billion US$ of destruction an 1600 butchered lebanese.But hey we have managed to free Kantar ,A child killer.
BTW FT do you get paid by screen name or comment ??

Thumb primesuspect 01 May 2013, 14:23

Hey hey hey, I am the only one with a license to insult here :)

Thumb jabal10452 01 May 2013, 15:12

Eh bass enta betsebb bel spaniolé. Btetla3 aslab men msabbét syrianofsa.

Thumb shab 01 May 2013, 14:29

Pure evil filth

Thumb whyaskwhy 01 May 2013, 15:39

Hes on the defensive and it was very evident from the tone of his speech to the constant sweat wiping. At any rate he is above the law and is not subject to any Lebanese law and those that follow are simply people who like being above the law. Clown will undoubtedly follow up with a barage of finger pointing the errors of the world without providing any names naturaly. He too like his master has been above the law and is also idolized by those who in turn are hypocritical since they claim they want the rule of the law in Lebanon...

Missing plantmorecedar 02 May 2013, 06:55

It's so nice of you to point out the most ridiculous fact, especially when the point that is being contended by both Hizbullah and everyone else is their involvement in the BORDER TOWNS. Hizbullah has not made any claim to protecting Lebanese across the nation of Syria. They have only insisted towards defending Lebanese in border towns, specifically Al-Qusayr. How can you argue against me and the people you are trying to support????

Missing plantmorecedar 02 May 2013, 06:55

It's so nice of you to point out the most ridiculous fact, especially when the point that is being contended by both Hizbullah and everyone else is their involvement in the BORDER TOWNS. Hizbullah has not made any claim to protecting Lebanese across the nation of Syria. They have only insisted towards defending Lebanese in border towns, specifically Al-Qusayr. How can you argue against me and the people you are trying to support????

Missing plantmorecedar 02 May 2013, 06:59

this was intended towards Rodzil. Sorry, I'm not familiar with the posting system.