Lebanese Hizbollah Chief Calls on Palestinians to Fight Israel

Published July 8th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, head of the Lebanese Hizbollah movement, made a televised call Saturday for the Palestinians to step up their fight against Israel. 

"Palestinians do not have any other choice but to resist and intensify the Intifada in order to regain their usurped rights," Nasrallah said on Iranian television. 

Hizbollah, formed in the mid-1980s with Iranian help, spearheaded the drive to end the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon. 

Nasrallah, who arrived in Iran on Tuesday, met earlier in the week with Iranian supreme spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini, who called on Hizbollah to continue its fight until "the final victory over the Zionist regime." 

Also Saturday, Nasrallah was awarded an honorary degree by the teacher-training faculty of Tehran University, state radio said. 

It is Nasrallah's first visit to Iran since Israel withdrew its troops from Lebanon on May 24th. 

On Friday, he was the guest of honor at the weekly prayers at Tehran University - TEHRAN (AFP) 



© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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