Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Islamist militant group Hezbollah, has told hundreds of supporters gathered in Beirut square that the Assad regime in Syria had provided the organization with rockets during the 2006 Lebanon war.
He praised Damascus for its unwavering support of the Palestinian cause and called the victims of an explosion at a high-level government meeting on Wednesday “comrades in the struggle against evil”. Three senior Syrian security officials including President Bashar al-Assad’s brother-in-law were killed when a bomb was detonated during crisis talks in the national security building.
There has long been speculation that Syria had supplied Hezbollah with weapons, but this had never been confirmed by the group.
Nasrallah made no reference to the suicide bombing of a bus transporting Israeli holidaymakers in Bulgaria, which Israeli authorities have been quick to blame on Hezbollah operatives with backing from Iran.