The deputy leader of Al Qaeda has called on Muslims to join the conflict in Lebanon. Speaking in a video statement broadcast by an Arabic TV station, Ayman al Zawahri said his group would not stand by and watch Israel bombard Lebanon and the Palestinians.
He called on Muslims everywhere to join the fight in what he called “the Zionist Crusader war against Lebanon, the Palestinian people and other Muslim nations across the world”.
Zawahri’s statement was the first comment by the Sunni Muslim-dominated al Qaeda against Israel’s offensive in Lebanon. In previous statements, Zawahri and al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden have referred to Shi’ites, like those in Hizbollah, as infidels.