BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Hezbollah group leader, supported by Tehran, called Friday to be avenged for death in a U.S. attack by top Iranian officer Major General Qasem Soleimani.
“Meting out the appropriate punishment to these criminal assassins… will be the responsibility and task of all resistance fighters worldwide,” Hassan Nasrallah said in a statement.
“We who stayed by his side will follow in his footsteps and strive day and night to accomplish his goals,” the leader of group said.
“We will carry a flag on all battlefields and all fronts and we will step up the victories of the axis of resistance with the blessing of his pure blood,” Nasrallah said.
The word “axis of resistance” refers to a coalition established by Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah to combat Israel and the region’s Western military presence.
Hezbollah’s heavily armed party dominates entire neighborhoods in Beirut and most of southern Lebanon, including Israel’s border area.
It also has troops fighting under Soleimani’s leadership in Syria and Iraq.