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Gulf states fear 'monster' they created: Hezbollah minister

Hajj Hasan criticized the marginalization of agriculture and industry in economic development, saying that some people “want neither industry nor agriculture.” (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Hezbollah Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan Saturday said the Arab world should confront the conspiracy that is distorting the image of Islam, saying Gulf countries now fear the “monster” they created, in reference to ISIS.

“The biggest conspiracy against Islam is distorting its image and making every Muslim be seen as a terrorist,” Hajj Hasan said during a ceremony in the coastal city of Sidon.

“Lebanese, Syrians, Iraqis, Egyptians and everyone, including Christians, Muslims, Shiites and other sects, are concerned with confronting this [conspiracy] culturally and socially - in defense of Islam not a party, a sect or a people,” he said.

“We have to defend Christians and Muslims, not against killing but against this social, psychological and infrastructure destruction that is threatening countries.”

Hezbollah has said they were fighting in Syria against the rise of takfiri groups and the possibility of such fighters infiltrating Lebanon.

While voicing the party's undying support for the resistance in Gaza, Hajj Hasan said countries now feared "the monster they created."

"We are facing a real challenge in security, military, economic and social fields. I am not only talking about Lebanon and Syria ... but Gulf states are now concerned about the monster they created in order to destroy the resistance,” he said.

Hezbollah has repeatedly accused Arab states of funding and backing extremist groups against resistance forces in the region and with the aim of forcing the collapse of President Bashar Assad.

 

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