Assir slams Hezbollah drone as disrespect for Suleiman


Salafist Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir slammed on Sunday Hezbollah for launching the unmanned drone flown over Israeli territory and said this demonstrated the Shiite party’s disrespect for President Michel Suleiman and for national dialogue.

“We have had enough of Hezbollah’s adventures and displays of strength… they are disdaining and disrespecting Suleiman and the national dialogue ,” Assir declared during a rally in downtown Beirut in support of the Syrian uprising.

“The aim behind launching the drone was to reawaken the support of Hezbollah’s own followers,” he added.

Assir also said that his followers will not accept Hezbollah’s hegemony of weapons, adding that the Shiite party was “a sectarian party which uses its arms for sectarian interests.”

His comments come after Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah revealed last Thursday that his party had dispatched the unmanned Iranian made drone that was shot down over Israel on October 6.

Assir also wondered whether the aerial photographs of the site of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s assassination scene was filmed by an Iranian made drone rather than an Israeli plane as claimed by Hezbollah.

“A while ago Hezbollah, which is accused of assassinating Hariri, announced that it obtained aerial images of the roads taken by Hariri’s convoy moments before the incident , and we now ask whether these images were taken by an Iranian drone or an Israeli one?”

Four Hezbollah members were indicted in the assassination by Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the international court probing the 2005 murder, but Hezbollah, which is backed by Damascus and Tehran, has strongly denied the charges and refused to cooperate with the court.