In Sanctions Violation Hezbollah Imports Gas From Iran
A shipment of Iranian fuel oil organised by Hezbollah will set sail on Thursday for Lebanon, the Lebanese terrorist group said, cautioning its U.S. and Israeli foes against any moves to halt the consignment that violates the US and international sanctions on Iran.
Hezbollah’s opponents in Lebanon warned of the consequences of the move, with Sunni politician Saad al-Hariri saying it risked sanctions being imposed on a country whose economy has been in meltdown for nearly two years.
The security specialists indicated that in unchecked shipment Hezbollah may try to import also other goods including weapons.
There was no immediate comment from the Lebanese government.
Hezbollah terrorist group leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said further shipments would follow to help the people of Lebanon.
I say to the Americans and the Israelis that the boat that will sail within hours from Iran is Lebanese territory, Mr. Nasrallah said, suggesting that any action to stop it would be met with a response.
We don’t want to get into a challenge with anyone, we don’t want to get into a problem with anyone. We want to help our people, he said.
The arrival of Iranian fuel would mark a new phase in the financial crisis which the Lebanese state and its ruling factions, including Hezbollah, have failed to tackle even as poverty soars and shortages trigger deadly violence.