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Hezbollah: Lebanese Govt Has Declared War

From their long time allies at Reuters:

Hezbollah says Lebanese govt declares war

By Nadim Ladki

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah said on Thursday the U.S.-supported Beirut government had declared war by targeting its communications network, pushing the country closer to civil war.

Hezbollah launched a new street campaign on Wednesday, piling pressure on the government after it declared the network illegal and removed the head of airport security, a figure close to the group, from his post.

Supporters of Hezbollah and its allies have blocked roads leading to the airport — Lebanon’s only air link to the outside world — and other main streets, paralyzing much of the capital.

Sporadic gun battles erupted between Hezbollah supporters and pro-government loyalists in Beirut, wounding three people, and in the Bekaa Valley in the east of the country, where five were wounded, security sources said.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the group’s leader, said the only way out of the crisis was for the government to rescind the decisions and to attend talks aiming to end a 17-month-long political conflict with the Hezbollah-led opposition.

“This decision is first of all a declaration of war and the launching of war by the government… against the resistance and its weapons for the benefit of America and Israel,” Nasrallah told a news conference in reference to the government’s move.

He described the fixed-line network that connects the group’s officials, military commanders and positions as a vital part of the military structure of the group, which fought a 34-day war with Israel in 2006.

“The communications network is the significant part of the weapons of the resistance,” Nasrallah said via video link from an unknown location in Beirut’s southern suburbs.

“I had said that we will cut the hand that targets the weapons of the resistance… Today is the day to fulfill this decision.”

Shortly after he finished, heavy clashes with assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades erupted between Hezbollah supporters and pro-government gunmen in Beirut’s volatile Mazraa and Ras el-Nabae districts, and later spread to other areas…

Lebanon will never have full control of their own country until they remove these murderers from their midst.

And Mr. Nasrallah has gone to meet his virgins.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 8th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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