Qatar’s Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah accused Hezbollah on Thursday of “killing” and “displacing” Syrians.
“To us, Hezbollah – and I have said this on more than one occasion – was a resistance party until the compass veered to Syria,” Attiyah told Al-Hayat newspaper .
“The Syrian people in 2006 embraced Hezbollah refugees. They welcomed them, protected them and were generous to them,” he said.
He was referring to the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah . The war resulted in the killing of over 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and displacement of one million people, mostly Shiites and many of whom fled to Syria.
“We were surprised during the Syrian revolution that Hezbollah returned the favor to the Srian people by by killing and displacing them from their homes,” Attiyah said. “This is the core of our disagreement with Hezbollah.”
Hezbollah including its chief Hassan Nasrallah, have along with Iran and the Syrian regime repeatedly accused Qatar and other Gulf countries of politically and financially supporting jihadi groups fighting in Syria.
In the Al-Hayat interview , Attiyah denied supporting terrorism, saying Qatar is a U.S. ally.
“Qatar is an ally of Washington, not only in war, but the United States is a strategic ally, especially to Qatar,” he said.
Last July, the Gulf Cooperation Council — which includes Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and the UAE — decided to crack down on Hezbollah members as part of a joint effort to limit the group’s “financial and business transactions.”
In September, undersecretaries of the GCC’s interior ministries discussed possible measures against suspected Hezbollah members living in the Gulf.
The majority of Gulf countries back the rebels who are trying to topple the Syrian regime
There are more than half a million Lebanese working in the Gulf states, including tens of thousands in Saudi Arabia. Many of whom are Shiites.