Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel and the United States not to attack the ship, which is considered Lebanese territory.
A batch of Iranian fuel oil organized by Lebanese Hezbollah will set sail for Lebanon. The organization warned its American and Israeli opponents that once the ship set sail, it will be considered Lebanese territory.
Hezbollah leader Said Hassan Nasrallah said on Wednesday that more ships will follow up to help the Lebanese people, who are suffering from severe fuel shortages due to the two-year financial crisis in the country .
“We don’t want to challenge anyone, we don’t want to have problems with anyone. We want to help our people,” Nasrallah said. “I told the Americans and Israelis that the ship that departed from Iran within a few hours was Lebanese territory.”
“May God bless, this ship and others will arrive safely,” Nasrallah said in a televised speech commemorating Ashura, when Shiite Muslims commemorated the battle of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Hussein in 680. Killed in action.
Nasrallah’s armed group was established in 1982. He did not specify where or when the ship would arrive, and said that it would be discussed when it arrived in the Mediterranean.
In April this year, Reuters reported that Hezbollah was preparing fuel storage space in Syria, citing senior officials familiar with related work, as part of its efforts to deal with the Lebanese financial crisis.
The organization has fighters and influence in neighboring Syria, and Hezbollah fought to support President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war.
Hoarding fuel and natural gas
The Lebanese army confiscated fuel from gas stations on Saturday to curb the hoarding of severe shortages as the central bank governor insisted on his decision to remove fuel subsidies.
To make the country’s crisis worse, a top private hospital stated that it may have to shut down due to power outages caused by a shortage of diesel, and warned that this could lead to hundreds of deaths.
Foreign exchange reserves are rapidly depleting, forcing the central bank to reduce import funds to support the small amount of funds left in Lebanon.
The Lebanese pound has depreciated by more than 90% on the black market, and 78% of the population lives below the poverty line.