RIYADH: The Gulf Cooperation Council has criticized Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah for threatening to send more fighters to neighboring Syria after a car bomb hit a neighborhood where support for his party runs strong.
“At the same time that he calls for restraint, he threatens the Syrians that his party will be more involved in fighting them,” GCC secretary-general Abdullatif al-Zayani said in a statement released late Monday.
“This is a flagrant meddling in their [Syrians’] internal affairs and an obvious violation of the Syrian sovereignty,” he said, describing Nasrallah’s speech as being “irresponsible.”
“Nasrallah continues to boast about the participation of his militia in slaughtering children, women and innocent Syrians, and destroying their towns and property,” Zayani said.
The Hezbollah leader even boasts that he is “ready to double the number of his militia fighters and even to join the fight himself against the Syrian people,” Zayani added.
Nasrallah accused “takfiri” groups, who have joined the fight against the Syrian regime, of being behind last week’s car bomb which killed 27 people and wounded 336 in Ruwaiss, a predominantly Shiite southern suburb of Beirut.
“I will go myself to Syria if it is so necessary in the battle against the takfiris; Hezbollah and I will go to Syria” to fight rebels trying to oust President Bashar Assad, Nasrallah said.
Hezbollah is a key supporter of Assad and has sent fighters across the border this year to bolster government forces, which have been battling an anti-regime revolt since March 2011.
Oil-rich GCC countries, which are backing the uprising, have imposed sanctions on Hezbollah over its support for Assad.