As relief agencies scramble to get supplies to those who have lost everything in Lebanon, a pledge of help is on hand, from today, courtesy of Hizbollah. Residents of Beirut’s shattered southern suburbs have begun signing up for aid promised by the group’s leader.
Hizbollah has said it will immediately start repairing bomb-damaged homes and pay one year’s rent and other costs, while rebuilding work takes place. “Our house was completely destroyed,” said one man who had registered for help, adding his thanks to Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah for the aid.
The offer of assistance came during a defiant speech on Hizbollah’s own television station in which the Shi’ite Muslim group’s chief said his fighters had achieved a “strategic and historic victory” over Israel. Hizbollah, founded with financial support from Iran in the early 1980s, estimates that some 15,000 homes have been totally destroyed. The group has not only been making its presence felt amid the rubble. It has also sent activists out to combat zones to retrieve the bodies of its fighters and prepare the funerals of those it considers to be martyrs.