The leader the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah called out Arab nations in the region for the support given to Syrian armed opposition groups, saying these have far outweighed support given to Palestinians fighting for statehood.
“The support offered by Arab states to militants in Syria over the past six years goes beyond the level of assistance provided to Palestinians in 60 years,” Hassan Nasrallah told supporters via a video link from the Lebanese capital city of Beirut.
Hezbollah has been supporting the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad in its fight against armed opposition groups since 2012. The Lebanese group has reportedly lost up to 1,500 fighters, predominantly fighting the most radical elements in Syria including the al-Qaida-affiliated al Nusra.
Nasrallah also blasted extremist groups and called on Muslims worldwide to fight "takfiris."
“Our religion and our prophet Muhammad have been greatly abused within the last years. Takfiris are those who have been abusing our religion and our prophet, because they are committing their crime in the name of this religion and this prophet. Takfiris’ atrocities are real massacres on the humanitarian and cultural level,” Nasrallah said.
Nasrallah's address comes days after Syrian forces completed the evacuation of Aleppo, signaling a major turning point in the brutal, six-year-long war that has ravaged the country.
The Hezbollah secretary general said that while Syrian government forces allowed the evacuation of militants from eastern Aleppo, opposition fighters have not agreed to free civilians from areas under their control.
“Terrorist groups have not accepted a single deal to allow aid to reach Syrian civilians,” Nasrallah said.
Recent months have also seen advances for the political movement in their native Lebanon, where newly-minted President Michel Aoun is seen as an ally of Hezbollah.
Following the reclaiming of Aleppo by Assad government forces, attention has turned to the continued presence and involvement of foreign troops in the conflict, and the Lebanese resistance movement maintains its position of respecting Syrian self-determination.
“Syria’s future must be decided by Syrians themselves,” Nasrallah pointed out.