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Hezbollah chief calls for Egyptian protesters to open up border

Latest update : 2008-12-29

Hassan Nasrallah urged 'millions' of Egyptians to force the government to open the border with Gaza, bombed on Sunday by Israeli warplanes. Doing nothing, he said, would make both Israel and Egypt responsible for the killing of Palestinians.

AFP - Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah Sunday urged Egyptians in their "millions" to take to the streets to force their government to open the country's border with Gaza, where Israel is conducting deadly air raids against Palestinians.

"If the people took to the streets by the millions, could the police kill millions of Egyptians?" said Nasrallah, whose Shiite militant group fought a devastating 2006 war with Israel.

"People of Egypt, you must open this border by the force of your chests," he said in a televised address.

If Egypt did not open the Rafah crossing to Gaza, it would be considered a partner in the killing of Palestinians by the Israeli military, he added.

The Hezbollah chief also called for a mass rally to be held in his movement's bastion in the Shiite southern suburbs of Beirut on Monday in solidarity with the people of Gaza.

"I invite you to gather in a large and massive rally in the afternoon to participate in a ceremony of mourning prayer for the martyrs and to express our solidarity," Nasrallah said.

"We will tell the world we are here, and terrorism and killing cannot intimidate us."

Nasrallah likened the air strikes in Gaza that have killed close to 300 people since Saturday to 34-day war in the summer of 2006 that killed more than 1,200 people in Lebanon, most of them civilians, and more than 160 Israelis, most of them soldiers.

He said that the Israeli "enemy" was capable of fighting on several fronts simultaneously and that his fighters were prepared to repel any attacks Israel might undertake against Lebanon.

"We have asked our brothers in the resistance in the south to be available and alert because we face a criminal and treacherous enemy," Nasrallah said.

"We are ready to face any aggression on our land, our country or our dignity."

 

Date created : 2008-12-28

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