Hizbullah Asks State to Identify Backers of Dahiyeh Attack Culprits: We'll Continue Our Path despite All Intimidation

Sayyed Hashem Safieddine, head of Hizbullah's Executive Council, on Sunday commented on the rocket attack that targeted the Shiyyah area, urging state authorities to identify the supporters of the culprits and stressing that the party will not be daunted by “all the intimidation.”

“The attack's modus operandi reveals one thing, that the attackers are cowards,” Safieddine said, calling on the Lebanese state to “uncover the sides that are financing, supporting and equipping” the perpetrators.

“It is the state's duty … and they must be punished because this is a coward, cheap act,” the Hizbullah official added.

But he stressed that Hizbullah “will continue its path despite all the intimidation, through which they want us to retreat and back down.”

“Based on our experience and realistic calculations, when we voice a stance, we shoulder the responsibility and create the equation and the change, drawing the strength, resolve, determination and steadfastness from the path of our martyrs, until we achieve all the goals and remain strong and honorable in out country and regions,” Safieddine added.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Nabil Qaouq, deputy head of Hizbullah's Executive Council, said “those who bombed Beirut's southern suburbs were trying to achieve an objective that is Israeli par excellence.”

“But they have failed if they wanted to terrorize us or intimidate us or to pressure the resistance, because the resistance cannot be blackmailed and will not allow anyone to blackmail it. It does not practice terrorism against anyone and will not allow anyone to terrorize it,” Qaouq added.

"We will cut off any domestic or foreign hand that tries to stab the resistance in its back," he vowed.

He noted that "it is the same chain of terrorism, from Baghdad to Damascus and from Qusayr to Dahiyeh.”

“It is the same side, the same objective and the same scheme while the interests are Israeli, the administration is American and Arabs are behind the financing and arming,” Qaouq added.

But he pledged that Hizbullah "will not be dragged into strife" and "will not allow any force in Lebanon or outside to harm the capabilities or equations of the resistance's weapons."

Four people were wounded on Sunday morning in a rocket attack on Beirut's southern suburbs. The Lebanese army said in a statement that a rocket was fired at a car dealership near the Mar Mikhael church and another landed in the Maroun Misk neighborhood.

The incident comes just hours after Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah vowed "victory" in Syria, where Hizbullah fighters are engaged in fierce battles against Syrian rebels in Qusayr.

Nasrallah had previously justified the organization’s involvement in Syria by saying they were defending border villages inhabited by Lebanese residents and holy sites in Damascus province.

But the offensive on the mostly-Sunni town of Qusayr forced the movement to change its argument.

"Syria is the rear guard of the resistance (Hizbullah's fight with Israel), its backbone, and the resistance cannot stay with its arms folded when its rear guard is exposed," Nasrallah said on Saturday.

"We are idiots if we do not act," he added.

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