Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, speaking on a day of mourning in Lebanon following a deadly car bomb in southern Beirut on Thursday, has pledged his undying support for the Assad regime in Syria.
He said he himself was ready to go and fight in Syria if needed, and vowed to defeat radical Sunni islamists he accused of attacking the Shi’ite community in Lebanon.
Twenty-four people died and 335 were injured in the huge car bomb that tore into the same city district that was bombed last month, when 50 people were injured.
Funerals continued on Friday, with masked men firing into the air as processions passed by.
The bombing was condemned by Lebanese politicians from all parties, but in the Sunni stronghold of Tripoli in the north, celebratory gunfire was reported, with sweets being handed out to people in the streets.