Hezbollah, Israel celebrate Mubarak’s resignation


Hezbollah supporters are reportedly celebrating the resignation of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. The Dahiyeh district a Hezbollah stronghold and the nearby airport road witnessed fired gunshots into the air, fireworks and blaring of horns .

Convoys later drove through the streets of the Hamra district of central Beirut and nearby areas, with passengers cheering and waving Egyptian flags.

On Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV, Egyptian anchor Amr Nassef, who was once imprisoned in Egypt for alleged ties to Islamists, cried emotionally on the air and said: “Allahu Akbar (God is great), the Pharaoh is dead. Am I dreaming? I’m afraid to be dreaming.”

Similarly the Syrian backed Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP-GC) units celebrated Mubarak’s departure with small arms fire in Ain al-Baida in the western Bekaa on Friday

Even in Israel, which had watched the Egyptian protesters’ uprising against Mubarak with concern, a former Cabinet minister said Mubarak did the right thing. “The street won. There was nothing that could be done. It’s good that he did what he did,” former Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, who knew Mubarak well, told Israel TV’s Channel 10.