Heads, hands, and legs

January 20, 2008 § Leave a comment

(Image from al-Manar. Nasrallah wears all black to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Husayn.)

On Ashoura, Nasrallah made his first public appearance since the end of the July War on Lebanon in 2006. He gave a surprise speech in al-Dahiyya (southern Beirut). Normally, thousands gather in the public square in al-Dahiyya to watch Nasrallah’s speech via satellite, so it’s a big deal that he appeared in person. Whenever Nasrallah makes a speech, it is top news in the Arabic-language media.

Nasrallah warned Israel not to continue her encroachments on Lebanon, promising that a new war would change the region. He said, “We do not want war, but we refuse with force to have one launched on us.”

Nasrallah also said that Hezbullah has the remains of a large amount of Israeli soldiers that Israel left on Lebanese soil in the July War. He said, “I’m not talking about normal remains…the Israeli Army left the remains of a large amount of soldiers — among them heads, hands, and legs…”

You can access the speech in its entirety (in Arabic) through al-Manar. The video will be uploaded here in a few days.

Image of the crowd in Dahiyya from al-Hayat.


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