Hezbollah’s Nasrallah to give speech next week

Published June 16th, 2016 - 07:30 GMT
Hezbollah supporters carry posters of chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah at a rally. (AFP/File)
Hezbollah supporters carry posters of chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah at a rally. (AFP/File)

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah is expected to make a televised speech next week, a local newspaper reported Thursday.

Nasrallah's speech on June 24 will mark 40 days since the assassination of the Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine in a May attack in Syria, Al-Joumhouria newspaper reported.

The party had accused "takfiris" - referring to Sunni opposition groups - of being behind the attack on the military base where Badreddine was killed.

Hezbollah's press office could neither confirm nor deny the report when contacted by The Daily Star, saying that “the report might possibly be true.”

The speech comes at a significant stage, especially since Hezbollah fell silent concerning the weekend attack on BLOM Bank in Beirut's Verdun area.

Two people were lightly wounded when an explosive device planted outside the bank detonated around 8:00 pm Sunday on a mostly empty street.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but officials have interpreted it as an attempt to hurt Lebanon's economy.

The attack took place in the midst of a row between Hezbollah and Lebanon's Central Bank over a recent U.S. sanctions law targeting the group's finances.

At least 100 Lebanese bank accounts linked to Hezbollah have so far been shut. BLOM is among the banks observing the U.S. law to close the accounts.


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