Hezbollah chief denounces Paris attacks

14th November 2015, Comments 0 comments

Hassan Nasrallah, chief of Lebanon's powerful Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah, strongly condemned Saturday the Islamic State group's attacks in Paris that killed at least 129 people.

"We, Hezbollah, express our strong condemnation and denunciation of the terrorist attack by the criminals of Daesh in Paris," he said in a televised address, using the Arabic acronym for the jihadist group.

Expressing his solidarity with the French people, he said the Middle East was also suffering "the earthquake" of jihadist groups.

IS's extreme interpretation of Sunni Islam considers Shiites to be heretics.

Nasrallah was speaking just two days after twin suicide bombings in a southern Beirut stronghold of Hezbollah claimed by IS killed more than 40 people.

Hezbollah is a leading backer of Syria's embattled president Bashar al-Assad, and its militia have intervened on his behalf in the country's civil war.

It has said its involvement in Syria will keep Lebanon and the region safe from jihadists, including IS.

© 2015 AFP

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