Hostile Hezbollah Crowd Greets Kofi in Beirut

Angry Hezbollah supporters greeted Kofi in the Beirut Ruins Today,

The BBC was not sure whether the protest was coordinated or spontaneous…
Never mind all of the Nasrallah signs!

Waiting on Kofi…

Hezbollah supporters, holding pictures of Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah with Arabic writing reading ‘Divine Victory,’ shout slogans as U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, unseen, walks past them during a tour of the Hezbollah stronghold in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Aug. 28, 2006. Annan on Monday demanded that Hezbollah release two captured Israeli soldiers to the international Red Cross, pressing both sides to fulfill their commitments to solidify the two-week-old cease-fire in Lebanon. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Tawil)

Kofi Annan made a stop in Beirut today and asked Israel to lift its blockade on Lebanon:


United Nations chief Kofi Annan has called on Israel to lift its blockade of Lebanon and urged Hezbollah to free two captured Israeli soldiers.

Speaking after talks in Beirut, he said he was working for an immediate end to the sea and air blockade and the troops should be handed over to the Red Cross.

Mr Annan is on a regional tour to try to prop up the two-week-old ceasefire.

This family just happened to be walking with their Nasrallah posters when Kofi showed up.

Lebanese children hold pictures of Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah given to them to hold by adults before U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan visited the area in the southern suburbs of Beirut, which was repeatedly attacked by Israeli forces during the 34-day Israeli-Hezbollah conflict, Monday, Aug. 28, 2006. (AP)

The Nasrallah supporters were shouting anti-US slogans.

Supporters of Hizbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (top) shout anti-American slogans as U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan (R), Lebanese Foreign Minister Fawzi Salloukh (L) and parliament member Ali Ammar (C) arrive in a damaged area of Beirut August 28, 2006. (Eric Gaillard/Reuters)

Not a very appreciative bunch, considering “UNIFIL Accused of Providing Israeli Intelligence to Hizbullah”

Counterterrorism Blog describes the show including this… “The Lebanese Army officers and Hezbollah were seen smiling at each other and coordinating the staged demonstration.”

Charles Johnson has much more on Kofi’s visit.

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