Hassan Nasrallah: ‘West trying to topple Syrian government’

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May 12, 2012

Demonstration by supporters of Palestinian liberation and Hezbollah in the Shatila Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon.

Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has accused the West of attempting to overthrow the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad due to the country’s support for resistance groups, Press TV reports.

“America, the West, Israel, and some regional sides want to destroy Syria only because they want to get rid of the main supporter of the resistance in Lebanon and Palestine,” Nasrallah said in a televised speech on Friday.

“They want to take revenge against the Syrian] state, against the people, the leadership, and the army, which supported the resistance in Lebanon and the resistance in Palestine,” he added.

He went on to say that the people behind the terrorist attacks and violence in Iraq are also trying to destroy Syria.

Nasrallah criticized certain Arab governments for “exporting terrorists to Syria to carry out bomb attacks.”

On Thursday, 55 people were killed and about 400 others were injured in two bombings near a military intelligence building in Damascus. Syrian officials say “foreign-backed terrorists” carried out the attack, which was one of the deadliest since the beginning of the unrest in March 2011.

The Hezbollah secretary general also lamented the fact that most of the international community has done nothing about the issue of Palestinian prisoners in Israel and urged all Arab and Muslim organizations to take serious steps to support the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike.

According to an April 1, 2012 report, published by Addameer, a non-governmental organization providing support to Palestinian prisoners, 4,610 Palestinian political prisoners are being held in Israeli prisons.

An estimated 1,600 to 2,000 Palestinian prisoners began an open-ended hunger strike on April 17 to protest against Israel’s administrative detention rules, the use of solitary confinement, maltreatment of sick detainees, and the difficulty in securing family visits and the strip searches that are imposed on visitors.

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