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Hezbollah leader: What is happening in Gaza is clear Israeli aggression, crime

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Leader of the Hezbollah resistance movement Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

The Leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah resistance movement says the latest Israeli attack on the besieged Gaza Strip is an act of clear aggression and crime.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah made the remarks in a nocturnal speech on the occasion of the lunar month of Muharram, while addressing the ongoing Israeli onslaught on the coastal enclave.

Nasrallah said what is going on in Gaza is a clear aggression and crime by Israel, because Gazans had done nothing to justify such an attack.

“Any honorable person will condemn this attack ... [but] many Arab countries and regimes remain silent ... It is the right of the resistance and the Palestinian people to respond [to Israeli attack] in any way and at any time and place they choose.... Silence in the face of this act of terror will pave the way for more acts of terror.”

Nasrallah said the resistance in Lebanon and Palestine has proven that the Israeli army can be defeated and humiliated.

He added, “Enemy’s calculations are always wrong. They threaten Palestine, while their main goal is Lebanon. We are closely following what is going on in Gaza.... They are mistaken if they think we are afraid [of Israel].... The Lebanese resistance will not remain silent ... the resistance is stronger than ever before ... the response given [to Israeli aggression] by the Islamic Jihad shows that the resistance will not remain silent in the face of the enemy aggression.”

Elsewhere in his remarks, Nasrallah said some regional regimes want “to convince us that Israel is the pigeon of peace, but this regime has been founded on the basis of massacre and crime. Some people are trying to distort the reality, while Israel is founded through committing crimes.”

He added that the Zionist enemy actually wages a psychological war through its military campaigns and their subsequent devastation.

“However, the resistance in Lebanon and Palestine has proven that the occupying army can be both defeated and humiliated and its [apparent] power can be shattered,” the Hezbollah leader said.

Nasrallah noted that the resistance front must try to bolster its own strengths while discovering and highlighting the enemy’s weaknesses.

He said the United States thinks it is all-powerful and mighty, but it has suffered drastic defeats in past decades.

“It was expelled from Vietnam with humiliation. It has been also defeated in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Yemen , Lebanon, Somalia, Venezuela and Cuba. It has been trying in vain to topple the Venezuelan government for years. Experience has shown that the  United States can be defeated both in politics and on the field and this facts must be elucidated,” Nasrallah said.

Tensions have skyrocketed across the coastal sliver and the occupied territories since Friday, when the Israeli regime carried out a massacre against the Gaza Strip, killing as many as 24 people, including a senior commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad resistance movement and six children.

The Palestinian Health Ministry says scores of others have been injured in the latest Israeli strikes.

The Islamic Jihad retaliated soon afterwards by firing hundreds of rockets towards the occupied territories. It called the reprisal only an “initial response” to the Israeli bloodbath.

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