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Saudi Policies behind Continuation of Regional Crises: Hezbollah Official

5 April 2016 14:32


Deputy Head of Hezbollah’s Executive Council Sheikh Nabil Qaouk slammed the Saudi regime for its hostilities toward some Middle Eastern nations, like Syria, Yemen and Iraq, saying that Riyadh’s policies have led to the continuation of crises in those countries.

“Saudi Arabia’s policies have caused crises in regional countries, including Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, Yemen and Lebanon, to continue,” the Arabic-language Al-Ahed news website quoted Qaouk as saying on Monday.

He further pointed to Saudis’ anger at the recent liberation of the historic city of Palmyra by the Syrian Army, saying that the anger reveals the Saudi policies in the region and discredits Riyadh’s claims about fighting terrorist and Takfiri groups, like Daesh (also known as ISIL or ISIS).

Saudi Arabia does not want peace in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, but is rather plotting to aggravate the ongoing crises in these countries because peace and stability and peaceful solutions to regional crises are not in the interest of the Riyadh regime, the Hezbollah official added.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh, currently controlling parts of it.

According to a new report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.

Iraq has also been facing the growing threat of terrorism, mainly posed by the Daesh terrorist group.

Daesh militants made swift advances in much of northern and western Iraq over the summer of 2014, after capturing large swaths of northern Syria.

Daesh, as a Takfiri group in Iraq and Syria, is believed to be supported by the West and some regional Arab countries.

As for Yemen, the Saudi-led aggression on the country that began in March 2015 has led to the deaths of thousands of innocent people and destruction of its infrastructures.

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