Hezbollah vs news network, Al Arabiya: the face-off

Published October 9th, 2012 - 09:01 GMT
Al Arabiya vs Hassan Nasrallah, head of Hezbollah
Al Arabiya vs Hassan Nasrallah, head of Hezbollah

Recent documents allegedly implicating Hezbollah in the Syria crisis as well as indicating links to the assassination of a prominent Lebanese leader in 2005 are “lies,” a Hezbollah minister said Monday.

"The Al-Arabiya documents are lies and not everything that is published is an actual document," State Minister Mohammad Fneish told reporters before attending a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail.

Last week, Al-Arabiya television released what it claimed were leaked communiqués between Syrian intelligence and the state's leadership.

In the alleged documents, references were made to Hezbollah and its alleged activities with the Syrian security apparatus.

One communiqué reported the arrival of 250 Hezbollah fighters in Syria in May of 2011.

The document said that members of the resistance arrived in May in the Syrian city of Allepo, taken rooms at the Ramses Hotel and were awaiting orders from the Syrian leadership.

The communiqué was sent to President Bashar Assad from an intelligence officer, the document said.

Another communiqué – sent from the head of the operations department in Syrian Intelligence Hasan Abdel Rahman to the head of State Intelligence Assef Shawkat – said an operation, referred to as “mission 213,” was successfully completed with the help of Hezbollah members.

The Saudi-based television channel said this communiqué was sent on the same day MP and journalist Gebran Tueni was killed in a car bomb on Dec. 12, 2005.

Meanwhile, Hezbollah MP Kamel Rifai said his group was “innocent” of any of the claims made in the alleged leaks and spoke of a global campaign against the resistance group.

“Such documents are false and they provide information of which Hezbollah is innocent of,” Rifai said in an interview to Al-Akhbar Al-Yawm news agency.

The MP accused Al-Arabiya of disseminating news similar to the ones broadcasted by Israeli media.

“Al-Arabiya, and Hebrew channels, has always considered Hezbollah and the resistance as their ultimate enemy,” Rifai said.

“If Hezbollah did something, it doesn’t hide it but rather makes it public,” Rifai said.

“There seems to be an Arab-international, coordinated attack against the resistance and its arms,” he added.


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