US strike on Syria is not worth answering: Hezbollah official

Beirut, April 17, IRNA – A senior Hezbollah official said the US recent attack on Syria was unimportant and was not worth answering through military actions.

US President Donald Trump did understand that starting a new world war will not be to the benefit of Washington, Sheikh Naim Qassim, deputy secretary-general of Lebanon's Hezbollah Movement, said in an interview with Arab TV channel 'Al Mayadeen' Monday evening.

The recent US missile strike launched in cooperation with US allies- France and Britain - against Syria was only a display of power by Washington, Sheikh Qassim said.

The Americans are against political settlement of the Syrian crisis, said senior cleric, adding the Saturday's air strike against Syria just hindered the process of peace talks on the crisis-stricken country.

He further said certain Arab countries in the Persian Gulf region also voiced support for the recent aggression against Syria.

Saudi Arabia, he added, is after a full-scale war in Syria.

On the 29th Arab League summit held in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, the official said Hezbollah believes that such a league does not even exist.

About the Zionist regime's recent attack on the Al Tifour Airport in the western Syrian city of Homs, the Hezbollah official said Israel is not ready for a full scale war; however, Hezbollah will remain active in Syria.

Hezbollah will leave Syria after a diplomatic solution is found there, he stressed.

On the Palestinians' Great March of Return, Sheikh Qassim said Hezbollah still stands by Palestinians and the recent protests in Gaza was an indication of cooperation between Iran, Syria and Lebanon's Hezbollah.

The aim behind the events in Syria since 2011 is to harm the Palestinian cause and implement the US Middle East project, the Hezbollah cleric said.

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