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What’s behind a ‘box’ Hezbollah’s Nasrallah wanted to give to Syrian actress

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Close friends of Mai Skaf- a Syrian actress and the face of Syria’s anti-Assad revolution who died on Monday in Paris - recall a number of stances the actress was known for since declaring her opposition to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, calling for a coup against him.

One of those stances is the war on social media which erupted between Skaf and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, as the late actress demanded the militia to return the money she had collected and sent in support for displaced Hezbollah’s members and civilians affected by the Israeli aggression against Lebanon in July 2006.

The late actress gave Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah, an option to either withdraw his militia from Syria or give her back the money she had already donated either for those displaced from his party or to Lebanese civilians.

Mai Skaf was a staunch activist since 2012 against the Syrian regime and pro-Iranian militias like Hezbollah and her opposing voice was heard by many pro-regime supporters. It also reached Nasrallah who asked his close associates to contact the actress to ask her about the amount of money she had donated and which she wants returned.

Following this interaction which erupted online, Hassan Nasrallah asked one of his former fighters who is called Sheikh AbdulKareem Obeid to look for Mai Skaf’s address in the Syrian capital Damascus in order to deliver a “box” and a sum of $2, 000.

The “box” contained children clothes and shoes.

Mai Skaf’s disputes with Nasrallah was considered one of its kind inside Syrian political and civil societies, as the late actress opposed publicly Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and was arrested several times since the start of the revolution in 2011 in Syria.