Jihadists affiliated with the Shiite terrorist organization Hezbollah, which also operates as a political party in Lebanon, are complaining that “red tape” tied to the group’s campaign against the Chinese coronavirus is making it harder to access aid, the Saudi outlet al-Arabiya reported on Wednesday.
“Only because we don’t want to upset Hezbollah, we don’t stop Iran flights. On top of all that, they tell us not to panic!” Elissa, a Lebanese pop star, opined.
Al-Arabiya cited a study by the Middle East Policy Center that estimates Hezbollah commands a sprawling healthcare system within Lebanon including “at least three hospitals, 12 health centers, 20 infirmaries, and 20 dental clinics,” largely created to help its jihadists engage in wartime activities in Syria and Iraq.
Last year’s protests in Lebanon have returned despite coronavirus “social distancing” measures. Hundreds took the streets of Tripoli this week after police killed a protester, participating in one of many events demanding the government do more to prevent the collapse of the country’s already precarious economy. The protests turned violent on Tuesday as participants used Molotov cocktails and rocks to attack police.