Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah announced Thursday that the land that was seized by ISIL inside the Lebanese and Syrian territories was completely liberated, pointing out that 2920 square kilometer of the Syrian territories and 764 square kilometer of the Lebanese territories were under the control of the terrorist group.
Speaking in a ceremony Hezbollah held in Baalback celebrating the “Second victory”, his eminence stressed that “the decision to engage in this battle was taken independently by the Lebanese state, and this is a very important point because it represents a sovereign political decision… this is one of the achievements of the new era that is represented by President Michel Aoun, who I’ve always considered a brave, independent, and leading man who is not affiliated to any country, embassy, or threat.”
He explained that the Lebanese Army had taken over the northern borders and that this battle had stopped an emirate from being established from Lebanon to the Mediterranean. In addition, he highlighted that the threat of sending booby-trapped vehicles was still present and there was a decision to bombard and occupy two “Christian” towns, before this battle put an end to these terrorists.
As Sayyed Nasrallah told the crowds that he wished he could personally attend the celebration in Baalback but he couldn’t due to the security situation – especially as the American-Zionist projects are being defeated – he revealed that the US government was upset about Hezbollah’s intervention in the operation and threatened to cut aid on the Lebanese Army if the operation takes place.
Sayyed Nasrallah called for enhancing political trust in the strength of the Lebanese Army and assured that the Lebanese Army has proved that it is trustworthy.
He further said that “we are waiting for another sovereign decision because a Lebanese land is still under Israeli occupation – in reference to Shebaa Farms and Kfarshuba hills – and today, on the ceremony of the Second Liberation, we demand a plan to liberate Shebaa Farms and the hills… I am not calling for a war against Israel, but for a complete plan to liberate the land and return it to the Lebanese sovereignty.”
On another hand, Sayyed Nasrallah referred to the efforts and sacrifices of the Syrian Arab Army, pointing out that the latter “fought the battle on our side to finally liberate Flita and Jarajeer”.
His eminence revealed that he had personally went to Syria and met with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to ask him to take part in battle.
“It was of no benefit for the Syrian leadership to fight ISIL east Qalamoun but we asked them to do so because we had a national and humanitarian cause and this was the only way for us to be able to unveil the destiny of the kidnapped Lebanese soldiers.”
Sayyed Nasrallah also expressed his gratitude to the Islamic Republic in Iran, its president, people, parliament, armed forces, basij, and every individual for their constant support for the resistance, Syria, and Iraq, and for its ongoing readiness to aid the Lebanese Army without conditions or threats.
Moreover, he congratulated Iraq for liberating the whole province of Ninawa which suffered a lot from ISIL under the name of Islam.
On the Israeli enemy, his eminence indicated that “the enemy is crying over its orphans and is acknowledging the defeat of its project and friends in Syria. Israel is referring to the US Administration to pull threats away from it and is putting pressure on Iran and Yemen. The priority of Israel is to make use of others before fighting its own battle. Lately, it took advantage of the US pressure in the International Security Council to make changes in the 1701 decision, but the Lebanese Foreign Ministry made its calls and refused any reform.”
Additionally, he stressed that “the US-Israeli plot in the region failed and the US-Israeli dreams that were put on ISIL and other terrorist groups fell… the resistance axis supported by Russia defeated it, and now the pressure on us by the US and Israel will start all over again… specifically under the rule of Trump, the entire world is now stuck between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. Trump administration took relations with Russia and China to their lowest level, it is close to announce war against Venezuela, it constantly threatens to cancel the nuclear deal with Iran, and it backs Gulf disagreements.”
Internally, Sayyed Nasrallah greeted the people of Beqaa for their patience and sacrifices. He assured that the important thing to do now is to normalize the situation and pacify the relations between people, and called on the government to be fair and to treat all the Lebanese areas equally giving them all equal rights and duties.
His eminence reassured his support for the call of the president, prime minister, and parliament speaker to pacify the situation and halt arguments, and reassured that protecting the borders is the responsibility of the Lebanese Army.
Source: Al-Manar Website