Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah, has recently voiced his support for the Iranian-backed Houthi insurgency in Yemen. While his statements have angered Gulf countries and embarrassed Lebanon’s Saudi-allied leadership, they have proven popular with his base. His June 29 speech paid a particularly vibrant homage to the Houthis. “I, and…

The Hezbollah general secretary announced on 29 June that his formation, which is fighting in Syria alongside the Bashar al-Assad regime, had decided to organise a “voluntary and safe” return of Syrian refugees. The “Return Commission”, created within this framework and chaired by Nawar Sahili, has opened offices in the Hezbollah strongholds in the Baalbeck-Hermel…

Dozens of supporters of Hezbollah and the Amal movement paraded early Monday evening in several districts of Beirut, including Aisha Bakkar, St. George and Ashrafieh, to celebrate the scores of the Shiite tandem in Sunday’s legislative elections. Fights and gunfire broke out during these rallies. In several videos not verified but broadcast by several Lebanese…

M/K//OLJ Created in 1982 with the support of the Revolutionary Guards, the ideological army of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Shiite movement of Hezbollah has significantly strengthened its positions on the Lebanese political scene to the detriment of its Sunni rival, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, according to the results announced Monday after a legislative…

On February 18, the Hezbollah media wing in Syria released a video threatening to strike Israeli offshore oil and gas operations in case of any Israeli agression. The video quotes remarks of the movement’s leader Nassan Nasrallah over the recent Israeli-Lebanese oil dispute issue over the Block 9 naval oil field: “If you prevent us,…