Arab States Convene, Label Hezbollah Terrorist Organization

November 21, 2017

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Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Monday denounced a statement issued by the Arab League foreign ministers who had met in Cairo Sunday, labeling Hezbollah a terrorist organization and blaming it of supplying terrorist groups across the Middle East with weapons, including ballistic missiles.

In early November, Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who are another Iranian proxy militia, just like Hezbollah, claimed they had fired a long-range ballistic missile that traveled more than 500 miles to Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh.

“I categorically deny any role of any member of Hezbollah in launching this missile,” said Nasrallah. He said that his group had not sent ballistic missiles, advanced weapons “or even a pistol” to Yemen, Bahrain, or Kuwait — three countries where Hezbollah is accused of fomenting terrorism.

He denied sending weapons to any Arab country with the exception of “occupied Palestine” and Syria, where he said the Hezbollah is fighting using its own weapons.

“We only sent Kornet missiles to the Gaza Strip while in Syria we’re fighting with our weapons,” Nasrallah said.

Nasrallah called the Arab League’s statement “ridiculous and absurd,” adding that it was “expected.”

“While Hezbollah was liberating al-Bukamal [in Syria] from ISIS, which is labeled as terrorist by the entire world, these people are calling Hezbollah terrorists,” Nasrallah said. “What have you contributed to the victory against ISIS?” he asked the Arab foreign ministers.

“All the forces that thwarted the US scheme in the region by fighting ISIS will now be put on terror blacklists,” Nasrallah said sarcastically, adding, “Ask Saudi Arabia to stop the crushing of children’s bones and its massacres [in Yemen].”

Addressing his Saudi detractors, Nasrallah said “the most important factor for Lebanon’s security is the Resistance and Hezbollah’s arms. If you want security for Lebanon, do not interfere in its affairs and do not incite Israel to strike it.”

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