Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, has said that “enemies are plotting to drag the Lebanese resistance movement into a civil war and tarnish its image,” following the murder of a Hezbollah member by a number of extremists, saying “the group will not be lured into such a trap.”
At a meeting with Shia eulogists, Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah shed light on the conspiracies that the enemies have been pursuing against Hezbollah, days after a member of the movement, Ali Shibli, was shot dead during a wedding in the town of Jiyeh, south of the Lebanese capital Beirut.
The shooter was identified as Ahmad Zaher Ghosn, brother of Hasan Ghosn, a teenage boy who was killed during the August 2020 clashes in the town of Khalde.
During these clashes, Ali Shibli’s shopping center was attacked by supporters of extremist cleric Omar Ghosn from an Arab tribe. The assailants wanted the removal of a banner which Shibli had put atop his shopping center to commemorate Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS), the third Shia Imam and grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. These clashes derailed into violent conflict that led to the death of Hasan Ghosn.
In a statement after Shibli’s murder, the Ghosn family accused the Hezbollah member of being responsible for the killing of Hasan Ghosn, saying Ahmad had “rebelled for his dignity and took justice into his own hands.”
Hezbollah, however, denied any involvement in Hasan’s killing and said, “We affirm our absolute rejection of all kinds of killing and any desecration of sanctities and dignity, and we call upon the security and judicial agencies to respond firmly to the perpetrators and those who participated with them accountable.”
Ali Shibli’s funeral procession in Khalde on Sunday subsequently also came under attack by militants linked to the Ghosn clan, killing at least three people and injuring several others.
Source: Fars News Agency