Hizbullah honours martyr Haj Soleimani with giant statue at Lebanon-Israel border

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Yusuf Dhia-Allah

Jumada' al-Akhirah 23, 1441 2020-02-17

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by Yusuf Dhia-Allah

As a constant reminder to the Zionist occupiers of Palestine, the Lebanese resistance movement Hizbullah unveiled a giant statue of the martyred Quds Force Commander, General Haj Qassem Soleimani at the Lebanon-Israel border. He may have died but General Soleimani's spirit is alive and will manifest itself in strengthening the resistance front against Zionist aggression.

The Islamic resistance movement, Hizbullah has unveiled a giant statue in South Lebanon of the martyred commander, General Haj Qassem Soleimani.

The February 15 unveiling ceremony took place on the Lebanon-Israel border in the town of Maroun al-Ras.

Nearly one thousand people among them women and children, attended the sombre ceremony as the giant statue was unveiled.

Revolutionary songs played in the background.

The statue shows Haj Qassem Soleimani standing tall, pointing toward Zionist occupied Palestine, in a symbolic gesture that the resistance front’s ultimate objective is the liberation of Palestine including al-Quds, the first Qibla of Muslims.

A huge Palestinian flag waved gently in the breeze.

In the early hours of January 3, a US drone fired two missiles that assassinated Haj Qassem Soleimani and Jamal Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis, deputy head of Iraq’s Hashd al Sh‘abi (Popular Mobilization Units) at Baghdad international airport.

Nine other people traveling in the vehicles with the two commanders were also martyred.

Haj Qassem Soleimani had just arrived in Baghdad on Chams Wings flight from Damascus.

He had come to Baghdad at the invitation of Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.

Haj Soleimani was carrying the Iranian leadership's response to the Saudi proposal to de-escalate tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The Saudi letter was sent to the Islamic Republic via the Iraqi prime minister.

The US assassination of General Qassem Soleimani was “most likely unlawful,” according to Agnes Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial Executions.

In her January 3 tweet, she further said the targeted killings “violate international human rights law,” adding that “outside the context of active hostilities, the use of drones or other means for targeted killing is almost never likely to be legal.”

Before arriving in Baghdad, Haj Soleimani had spent several hours with Hizbullah leader Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah in Beirut.

Before returning to Damascus by road, the martyred commander had prayed behind the Hizbullah leader.

This was to be his last prayer before achieving martyrdom to meet his Creator, and eternal life.

It was, therefore, befitting that Hizbullah would erect a statue to honour him.

Haj Qassem Soleimani was a brilliant military strategist and had helped Hizbullah confront Zionist aggression in Lebanon.

He was also instrumental in defeating the Daesh/ISIS terrorists in both Iraq and Syria.

It was perhaps also for this reason that the US targeted him because the ISIS terrorists were their creation.

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