The consequences of the Khan Sheikhoun massacre continue to unfold. The Syrian regime and militias revolving around its orbit did not wisely calculate this crime. They were trying to provoke US President Donald Trump and discover his limits in order to arrange their cards during his presidential term as based on his reaction to the crime. However, the US responded with striking the Shayrat air base.
The second strike came from within the Shiite movement that condemns Hezbollah’s crimes. Sheikh Sobhi Tufayli, Hezbollah’s former secretary general, strongly condemned the Khan Sheikh Sheikhoun massacre and Hezbollah’s participation in the fighting in Syria. Tufayli believes that the slogan of defending the axis of the resistance came to an end during the Syrian developments.
He refuted Hezbollah’s allegations that it was fighting in Syria under the pretext of protecting religious shrines and said sending Hezbollah members to Syria meant sending them there to kill Muslim children. He added that Hezbollah was committing crimes and, above all that, defending and fighting a bloody regime.
Sobhi Tufayli is one of many voices that condemn the Hezbollah militia and its participation in all Syrian massacres!
This article was first published in Okaz on April 16.
Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.