Hezbollah chief calls on Arab, Muslim world to help lift Gaza blockade
Nasrallah asks Egypt to permanently open Rafah border crossing, says helping Gazans a religous duty.
Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah called on people across the Arab and Muslim world to help lift the Israeli blockade against the Gaza Strip.
He has also appealed to Egyptian authorities to open the Rafah border crossing permanently.
Nasrallah was speaking in a televised speech broadcast on the Hezbollah owned Al-Manar TV on Monday. He says it's a humanitarian and religious duty to help the 1.5 million besieged Palestinians in Gaza.
At one point, Nasrallah addressed Arab leaders directly, saying "where are your Arab sensibilities? When a million and a half Arab people in the Gaza Strip are living under a siege, in hunger, under threat."
"My humanitarian, religious, Islamic, and Arabic sensibilities call on me to take part in actions and protests against it [the blockade]. We in Lebanon will do this."
Nasrallah added that "we find ourselves against a new phase of Israeli-American attempts to extinguish the Palestinian issue at every level. We are witnesses to attempts to totally exterminate all levels of the Palestinian issue, first and foremost the Gaza siege.
The Hezbollah chief claimed the blockade is an attempt to "break the will of the Palestinian people in order to force them to accept the edicts of the United States."
Nasrallah added that anyone who remains quiet and does nothing to help prevent the "occupation of Palestine, will have to face up to it at the end of days."
He called for a mass rally in Hezbollah's stronghold of Beirut's southern suburbs on Friday and urged Lebanese and other Arabs to hold demonstrations and sit-ins.