Senior Hizbullah Official Hashim Safi Al-Din Hails 'Missile Storm' Against Israel, Praises Slain Iranian, Hizbullah Commanders For Transferring Military Capabilities To Gaza

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May 13, 2021

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In an interview aired on May 12, 2021 on Hizbullah's Al-Manar TV,[1] Hashim Safi Al-Din, chairman of the Executive Council of the Iranian-backed Lebanese Shi'ite group, praised the missile attacks launched by "the Palestinian resistance" against Israel. He also praised slain Iranian and Hizbullah commanders for facilitating the transfer of these military capabilities to Gaza. The interview was held to mark the anniversary of the death of senior Hizbullah military commander Mustafa Amine Badr Al-Din, who was killed in Syria in May 2016.[2] Al-Din's nickname was "Dhu Al-Fiqar" after the legendary sword of Imam Ali.

In the interview, Safi Al-Din said: "What is happening today in Palestine indicates the end of one phase and the beginning of a new phase."

On the use of "hundreds" of rockets and missiles to target Israel, Safi Al-Din said: "The missile storm that blew at the Zionist entity tells Israelis first that the resistance is stronger than what they think, and secondly, it tells the Zionists, the Americans, all those who normalized [relations with Israel], the fearful ones, and traitors, that the Palestinian people are very strong and have never abandoned either Palestine or Al-Quds [Jerusalem]."

He further noted that these new developments usher in a new reality that will have consequences, namely "new equations; equations of victory and upcoming conquests, Allah willing."

"Generally, we know that the military capabilities of the Palestinian resistance are very numerous in terms of timing, capabilities, arms, and the ability to engage in confrontation, more than what the Israelis think," he added.

He highlighted that the missiles fired carry the wishes of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and Hizbullah military commanders Mustafa Badr Al-Din and Imad Mughniyeh, who worked hard and sacrificed to transfer these capabilities to Gaza. "Thank Allah, they [these capabilities] have reached [Gaza]. And they are growing and increasing."

He further thanked the Palestinian fighters and mujahideen, regardless of faction, noting that these "martyrs and leaders" are the ones who supported and facilitated the transfer of these military capabilities.

In a report published on the Alahed News website,[3] Safi Al-Din described the attack on Israel's Ben Gurion Airport as a "qualitative attack," stating that "what is happening today in Palestine will be the impulse that pushes all parties to join the axis of resistance."

 

 

[1] Almanar.com.lb/, May 12, 2021.

[2] Bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36283424, May 13, 2021.

[3] Alahednews.com.lb/, May 12, 2021.

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