War on Zionists, Takfiris to go on till defeated: Hezbollah deputy


A top leader of the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, says struggles against Takfiris and Zionists will go on until they suffer defeat.

“War against Takfiris and Zionists will continue until they are finally defeated,” said Sheikh Naeem Qassem, the deputy secretary general of Hezbollah, during Friday Prayers in Tehran.

The senior cleric highlighted the role of Hezbollah in warding off Tel Aviv’s threats, saying, “Israel would be throwing its weight around in Lebanon if the [Hezbollah] resistance [movement] were not there.”

He said Hezbollah fights in Lebanon and Syria to defend those nations as well as Islam.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the cleric described Iran as a regional and global heavyweight, and also praised Iran’s persistence in pursuing its nuclear rights.

“Iran managed to secure this [regional and international] power through patience, perseverance and resistance, and was able to secure its right in the nuclear issue as well,” he noted.

Representatives and nuclear experts from Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers – the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany – succeeded in finalizing the text of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on July 14 after 18 days of intense negotiations and all-nighters that capped around 23 months of talks between Iran and the six other countries.

Under the JCPOA, limits will be put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all economic and financial bans, against the Islamic Republic.

The deputy chief of Hezbollah further described Iran as an influential country in the Middle East which, along with some other countries, stands up to reactionary entities in the region. 

He then touched upon the developments in Iraq, Bahrain and Yemen, and said the killing of people in Bahrain and Yemen indicates the enemy does not care about human rights.

“The Saudi government kills children, women and men [in Yemen], but human rights circles make no objections,” said the cleric.

He said rights groups have remained tight-lipped in the face of the massacre of the Yemeni people, “but we will not remain silent and will emerge victorious.”

“Yemeni people will also achieve victory,” he noted.

Since March 26, Riyadh has been pounding various areas in Yemen without a UN mandate. The Saudi military aggression is meant to undermine the Ansarullah fighters and restore power to Yemen’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of the Riyadh regime.

The UN says the Saudi war on Yemen has killed over 4,000 people, nearly half of them civilians, since late March. Local Yemeni sources, however, put the fatality figure at a much higher number.