Hezbollah celebrates destruction of Qusayr

Abdulrahman al-Rashed
Abdulrahman al-Rashed
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Sweets were given out in Hezbollah's republic of Beirut's southern suburb, as the party raised its flags to celebrate destroying Syria’s central town of Qusayr and displacing its people; a scene as frightening as the scene of women and children escaping the horrors of siege and murder.

In the past twenty years, there hasn't been a story that appealed to people's sentiment like Qusayr's story did. It's a story of resistance and steadfastness and of the tragedy of 40,000 people, most of whom are women and children, and of the barbarism of the enemy who started to shell the town to destroy it when it failed to fight these people Twenty days of battles there are documented with photos and videos. Residents' testimonies revealed Hezbollah's savagery and tyranny and exposed its fake history. Finally, after Hezbollah lost in fighting, it resorted to destroying the town by using Scud missiles along with the aid of Assad's warplanes that conducted more than 80 air raids on the town. The invaders succeeded in "purging" Qusayr and displacing its people. This is the glory and pride that Hezbollah celebrated.

This article was first published in Asharq al-Awsat on June 6, 2013.

Abdulrahman al-Rashed is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. A veteran and internationally acclaimed journalist, he is a former editor-in-chief of the London-based leading Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat, where he still regularly writes a political column. He has also served as the editor of Asharq al-Awsat’s sister publication, al-Majalla. Throughout his career, Rashed has interviewed several world leaders, with his articles garnering worldwide recognition, and he has successfully led Al Arabiya to the highly regarded, thriving and influential position it is in today.

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