BEIRUT, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese Shiite armed group Hezbollah praised Monday the Iraqi reporter who hit former U.S. President George W. Bush with his shoes during a press conference in Baghdad on Sunday, local National News agency reported.
Hezbollah said in a statement that "He should be treated like a hero who refused aggressions by the occupation against his people."
Calling on all Arab media to campaign for the release of Journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi, Hezbollah said that the incident is a "Farwell kiss on behalf of the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq."
On Sunday, an Iraqi reporter threw his shoes at visiting U.S. President George W. Bush and called him a "dog" in Arabic during a news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad on Sunday.
Muntadhar al-Zaidi, reporter of Baghdadiya television jumped and threw his two shoes one by one at the president, who ducked and thus narrowly missed being struck, raising chaos in the hall in Baghdad's heavily fortified green Zone.
"This is a farewell kiss, dog," said Zaidi.