Hezbollah Mourners Shout "Death to America! Death to Israel!" at Mughniyeh's Funeral
Hezbollah declares “Open war on Israel” at terrorist Moughniyah’s funeral.
A photo of a TV screen shows Lebanon’s Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah speaking on al Manar Television during the funeral of assassinated commander Imad Moughniyah in Beirut’s suburbs February 14, 2008. Nasrallah said on Thursday the group was ready for “open war” with Israel if the Jewish state wanted it after Moughniyah was killed. (REUTERS/al Manar Television)
Naharnet has the latest reports from the funeral of Hezbollah terrorist Imad Mughniyeh today in Beirut:
4:30 Amidst chants of “Death to Israel, Death to America,” Mughniyeh’s coffin was taken out of the vehicle, carried on shoulders and the procession progressed slowly through the slums of south Beirut.
4:05 “Hajj Imad is beloved by Allah,” mourners chanted shaking clinched fists in an expression of anger.
3:43 Mughniyeh was proclaimed a “Martyr of Allah” as his coffin was carried on shoulders for the last journey.
3:35 Nasrallah vowed that “we will proceed with the resistance until total victory is achieved.”
3:32 Nasrallah accused the March 14 alliance of seeking foreign armies to fight for them.
3:27 Nasrallah said the “Zionists killed Mughniyeh in Damascus outside the confrontation terrain … if you want this kind of open war, let the whole world hear it, let it be open war.”
3:15 Nasrallah said the blood of Mughniyeh would bring Israel’s end.
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki arrived in Lebanon on Thursday to take part in the funeral procession of Imad Mughniyeh.
Lebanese Shiite women and Hezbollah supporters, raise up their hands shouting pro-Hezbollah slogans, as they attend the funeral procession of the slain top Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh, who was killed in a car bombing in Damascus, Syria, in the Shiite suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday Feb. 14, 2008. Hezbollah’s chief on Thursday vowed to retaliate against Israeli targets anywhere in the world, accusing Israel of assassinating militant commander Imad Mughniyeh, as tens of thousands of Hezbollah supporters marched through south Beirut in a show of strength at Mughniyeh’s funeral. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Abu Kais at From Beirut to the Beltway had this on terrorist Imad Mughniyeh whose funeral was today in Lebanon:
Hizbullah, which spent years trying to publicly disassociate itself from the man, is now mourning him as a resistance leader, vowing revenge and what have you. To now claim that he was an active member of the group is to finally admit to being an international terrorist organization that never really “changed” after the end of the Lebanese civil war, as many had convinced themselves. Mughnieh was practically an Iranian intelligence operative, and was linked to attacks in Iraq and Saudi Arabia. His assassination left Hizbullah exposed. The group that could no longer argue for the holiness of their weapons, could no longer claim their theater of operations is restricted to Lebanon.
Hezbollah deputy leader Sheik Naim Kassem, left, sits next to the Iranian foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki, right, who came to Lebanon to attends the funeral procession of the slain top commander Imad Mughniyeh, who was killed in a car bombing in Damascus, Syria, in the Shiite suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday Feb. 14, 2008. (AP)