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Hezbollah leader calls Syria "backbone" of resistance

English.news.cn   2013-05-26 04:53:11            
 • Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah described Syria as the "backbone" of the resistance.
 • Nasrallah's speech comes amid mounting criticism toward Hezbollah's military support for Damascus.
 • Nasrallah also blamed the Lebanese government for not preparing for any future Israeli military campaign.

 

BEIRUT, May 25 (Xinhua) -- Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah described Syria as the "backbone" of the resistance on Saturday.

In a televised speech marking the 13th anniversary of the Liberation and Resistance, Hezbollah's leader said that "Syria is the backbone of the resistance... and the resistance cannot stand if Syria is broken."

Nasrallah's speech comes amid mounting criticism toward Hezbollah's military support for Damascus.

The Hezbollah leader denied that the deaths of his party's fighters in Syria was lowering morale among supporters of the Shiite party, saying that only volunteers were participating in the fighting in Syria.

Nasrallah expressed concerns over further Syria-linked violence rocking Lebanon, which has seen deadly sectarian clashes in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli between pro-Syrian regime Jabal Mohsen neighborhood and the Sunni-populated areas over the past week.

The Hezbollah leader also blamed the Lebanese government for not preparing for any future Israeli military campaign against Lebanon. "I call on all Lebanese state officials and all the country's people to recognize the real danger we are facing," Nasrallah said.

Nasrallah's warnings come amid heightened regional tensions following Israeli military strikes against Syria that purportedly hit weapon shipments aimed for Hezbollah.

The Hezbollah leader earlier in May said that his party would support a campaign against Israel in the Golan Heights and vowed Hezbollah would continue to receive advanced weapons, a move Israel has repeatedly said it would not accept.

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