Hezbollah’s leader, who is under a death threat from Israel, has made his first public appearance in Lebanon for more than a year. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah was taking part in a rally marking the end of the Ashura Shi’ite religious festival. In previous months he has only given live speeches via a video link from secret locations.
From the Lebanese capital Beirut he said Hezbollah still had body parts from Israeli soldiers killed during the guerrilla group’s war with Israel in 2006.
Nasrallah’s appearance comes as Lebanon goes through its worst political crisis in decades. The conflict, which has paralysed government for more than a year and left Lebanon without a president since November, pits the Hezbollah-led, pro-Syrian opposition against its domestic rivals, the anti-Syrian majority.
Hezbollah wants more seats on the cabinet or veto power in a new government, once an agreed president is in place.