Middle East

Hezbollah: Iran sends fuel ship to Lebanon, warns US, Israel not to attack

14:04, 19 August 2021
Hezbollah: Iran sends fuel ship to Lebanon, warns US, Israel not to attack Photo: Wikimedia

The Lebanese Shia militant group Hezbollah announced that an Iranian oil tanker is setting sail for Lebanon who is suffering from severe fuel shortages.

The group’s leader Hassan Nasrallah said that he has warned the United States and Israel from attacking the ship, as the vessel will be considered Lebanese soil as soon as it sails. 

“We don’t want to get into a challenge with anyone, we don’t want to get into a problem with anyone. We want to help our people. I say to the Americans and the Israelis that the boat that will sail within hours from Iran is Lebanese territory,” 

Nasrallah also said that further ships will later follow from Iran to cash-strapped Lebanon. 

Nasrallah made the announcement during his television speech dedicated to the Shia holiday of Ashura when they mark the death of Hussein the grandson of the Islamic prophet Mohammed. 

Hezbollah also has plans to get fuel from Syria, where the group has a strong influence as it has fought on the side of the Assad government during the Syrian civil war. 

Lebanon has been almost a total blackout after the Lebanese Electricity Ministry announced that it can no longer operate due to the country’s lack of energy.

Fuel shortages have led to violent clashes, especially at petrol stations where people wait from 5 to 10 hours to fuel their car. 

At least 3 were killed after a man opened gunfire at a petrol station after he disagreed with the staff on the fuel-sale deal. 

Earlier, nearly 20 died and more than 80 went missing after a fuel tank exploded in the Akkar district in Lebanon.