To the Syrian Rebels: Let No One Threaten, Test US, We Have No Fighters in Syria
The Secretary General of Hizbullah His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah tackled a number of internal and regional developments on top of which is the reconnaissance drone which crossed into the space of Occupied Palestine.
As His Eminence announced Thursday the Islamic Resistance's responsibility for the drone, he considered this operation as quantitative in the history of Lebanese and regional resistances.
Drone Part of Capabilities, Not the Last One
"The Resistance in Lebanon sent a sophisticated reconnaissance drone from Lebanon toward the Mediterranean Sea, which it crossed for hundreds of kilometers, before entering the Occupied Palestinian airspace," Sayyed Nasrallah explained.
His Eminence also uncovered that "the drone hovered over many important locations before it was discovered by the "Israeli" air force."
During a televised speech via al-Manar channel, he further clarified that "the drone took off in its specified trajectory for hundreds of kilometers, over sensitive "Israeli" locations and arrived in an area close to the "Israeli" Dimona nuclear plant."
Sayyed Nasrallah also hailed the resistance's achievement by making the drone fly all this way in an area full of US-"Israeli" air systems. However, he iterated that "the downing of the drone was natural and expected."
In parallel, the Hizbullah Leader highlighted that "Israeli" Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held Hizbullah responsible for the operation only following the announcement that he would give a televised speech. "The level of "Israeli" confusion was clear until Netanyahu made his announcement," Sayyed Nasrallah stated.
Addressing the "Israelis", he emphasized "we will leave it for you to sit down and discover the drone's abilities in gathering information."
"We have revealed part of our capabilities and conceal many others," His Eminence said, noting "this capability is only part of the surprises of any future confrontation."
Moreover, the Secretary General of Hizbullah revealed that the drone was Iranian made but assembled by the resistance men. "It is the resistance's natural right to send drones into the Zionist entity whenever it wants, and this will not be last time," he added, and stressed that "the resistance can reach any location it wants even the Occupied Arab islands in the Red Sea."
In the same context, Sayyed Nasrallah clarified that since the implementation of United Nation's Security Council Resolution 1701, there have been 20,864 violations of Lebanese airspace by the Zionist entity.
"This comes as the government is unable to prevent the violations and the international community is silent," he declared.
According to His Eminence, "the drone flight proved Hizbullah was not pre-occupied by other regional developments. We aren't to be distracted by anything away from the enemy and we are ready to upgrade our abilities. "
"We named this operation after martyr Hussein Ayoub who was among the first establishers in this field of weaponry," Sayyed Nasrallah announced, dubbing the drone as "Ayoub", which is also the name of the prophet of patience and success."
Meanwhile, His Eminence praised the "resistance's brothers who have dedicated their talents to defend their people and developed all these defense capabilities."
Sayyed Nasrallah Slams Some Lebanese Fabrications
On another level, Sayyed Nasrallah tackled the issue of the Hizbullah arms depots, especially on the backdrop of the Nabi-Sheeth incident that took place in the Beqaa valley last week.
"In Lebanon, there are no battle frontlines and backlines. This is irrational. For example, in the 2006 July War, there were bombings in the South and there were operations in the Beqaa. Such divisions aren't accurate and the true front is the entire field," he explained, adding "It is normal for the defense forces to be distributed around it."
The Hizbullah top Leader ruled out the existence of a resistance in the world that puts all its capabilities in the border area or the frontline. "This is unreasonable, and it is natural for the resistance forces to be present and deployed in all the area, also where arms and depots are distributed."
Responding to some Lebanese campaign against Hizbullah, Sayyed Nasrallah slammed the fact that ""Israel" has explained its comprehension of Hizbullah's arms depots distribution, while some Lebanese have not yet understood this issue due to their enmity."
As he noted that accidents in arms depots occur everywhere, Sayyed Nasrallah hoped that "the public opinion will understand the issue and that Hizbullah's political rivals will imitate the "Israeli" enemy that considered what happened as logical."
Hizbullah Not Fighting in Syria, 30000 Lebanese under Rebels Daily Assaults
Regarding the campaign accusing Hizbullah of militarily fighting with the Syrian regime, Sayyed Nasrallah denied all these claims.
"We explained our view regarding what is happening in Syria and its dangers to Lebanon, Syria, and the region. Based on clear principles we expressed our stance," His Eminence stressed.
Sayyed Nasrallah further slammed all media fabrications. "All the world knows that we are not afraid of our political positions and convictions, but these claims are lies and inaccurate."
"Nothing in Lebanon can be concealed," he said and declared "we never hid our martyrs along our 30 years of resistance and won't do it."
He also elaborated that "when a martyr falls, we tell the truth to his family about when, where and how the dear brother was martyred."
"Some March 14's media said that Hizbullah had 75 martyrs in the area of Ramla, but these are lies. Others talked about 13 Hizbullah members who were held in Qusayr, but all these claims are lies," His Eminence said.
Don't Threaten US
In the same context, His Eminence confirmed that "until this time, we have not fought alongside Syrian forces."
On the martyrdom of Abu Abbas, Sayyed Nasrallah reitreated that "there are many border towns, which are inhabited by Lebanese, inside Syrian lands adjacent to the Lebanese Hermel."
"There are 23 town and 12 farms inhabited by Lebanese from different sects: Shiites, Sunnis, Alawites and Christians. Nearly 30,000 Lebanese people, who have long ago lived there, own property and conduct trade with Syrian Qusayr and Homs provinces," he stated.
In addition, His Eminence unveiled that "some young men from these towns belong to Lebanese parties and a great number of them are with Hizbullah hence part of them dedicated themselves to fight in the South and the Western Beqaa valley throughout the past 30 years."
"At the beginning of the Syrian crisis, these families decided to dissociate themselves just like the Lebanese government chose to do. But armed groups hunted them down, killed some of them, and attacked their houses and properties."
The secretary General of Hizbullah mentioned that " these young men decided to defend themselves and their families, and not the Syrian regime.""I can't prevent anyone, whether they belong to Hizbullah or not, from staying in the border areas. We have not opened a new front and our front is well-known," Sayyed Nasrallah added.
" We are not fighting in Syria. All what we have done assist these people to defend themselves. This is Syrian land and we do not claim anything otherwise," he said.
His Eminence also reitreated that "if there ever comes a day when our responsibility demands that we fight in Syria, we will not conceal that, but there is no such thing at the moment."
As Sayyed Nasrallah uncovered that "these Lebanese people urged the government to defend them but received no answer, he stated "they decided to defend themselves and their properties."
"All what was reported about martyr Abu Abbas falls in the category of lies and anyone can head to the Beqaa region and ask about our martyr," he elaborated and stressed that "the martyr is one of the military officials responsible for the Beqaa infantry units."
To the Syrian rebels threatening Hizbullah, Sayyed Nasrallah sent clear messages:
" I advise some parties in the Syrian opposition not to try to intimidate or scare us, as that will only go in vain."
His Eminence also tackled the issue of Lebanese hostages in Syria by advising the Syrian armed groups that using this issue is shameful. " Whenever they hold a Lebanese, they claim he is from Hizbullah. These kidnapped people are innocent. If the abductors are waiting for me to apologize, I do not think that anyone accepts me to do so."
"Therefore leave us outside the battle and the struggle. And let no one threaten or test us," he said and hoped that the Syrian crisis ends soon by fulfilling the hopes of the Syrian people and the region."