Lebanon's Hezbollah chief says group is stronger than ever

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Seven were killed last week in violent street clashes between Hezbollah and Amal groups over the Beirut blast investigator

Oct. 19, 2021 2:27 AM

Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah gives a televised speech, in this image taken from Al-Manar TV footage, yesterday

Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah gives a televised speech, in this image taken from Al-Manar TV footage, yesterdayCredit: AL-MANAR TV/Reuters

Oct. 19, 2021 2:27 AM

Lebanon's Hezbollah group, which currently has 100,000 trained fighters, has never been stronger, its chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised address on Monday, days after Beirut witnessed the worst street violence in over a decade.

Seven people were killed when a gun battle erupted on Thursday as protesters from the Shi'ite Hezbollah and Amal groups were on their way to demonstrate against Tarek Bitar, the lead investigator of last year's Beirut port blast.

Hezbollah has accused the Christian Lebanese Forces party (LF) of responsibility in Thursday's violence, an accusation which the party's head, Samir Geagea, has denied.

"I advise the Lebanese Forces and its head to give up on this idea of civil war and internal strife completely," Nasrallah said. "Your calculations are wrong ... the region has never seen a Hezbollah as strong as now."

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