'Bahrain says Hezbollah seeking to overthrow regime'

Khalifa government sends UN report on Hezbollah involvement with majority Shi'ite opposition; Hezbollah denies claims of military training.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
April 25, 2011 06:31
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Anti-gov't protesters near Saudi embassy, Bahrain.

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Bahrain accused the Iran-backed terrorist organization Hezbollah of trying to topple the Gulf country's ruling Sunni family, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

In a confidential report sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Bahrain also said that Hezbollah's leadership, including Hassan Nasrallah, worked directly with Bahrain's majority Shi'ite opposition on tactics to challenge the regime.
Both Hezbollah and the Bahraini opposition have denied cooperation in efforts to overthrow the ruling Khalifa family.

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According to the Wall Street Journal, US intelligence officials claimed to have tracked communications between Hezbollah, Iran, and the Bahraini opposition groups since protests erupted in February. The issue highlights growing tensions between the Sunni-Arab Gulf countries and the non-Arab Shi'ite Iran who see the Iranian influence in Lebanon, Gaza, Syria, and increasingly in Egypt as a threat.

In March Bahrain had lodged a formal complaint to the Lebanese government over a  Hezbollah offer of support to the protesters. Hezbollah had denied it had any cadres or Lebanese individuals operating in the gulf country, and Hezbollah does not have any cells in Bahrain, either composed of Bahrainis or any other nationalities".

Nasrallah admitted to giving political and moral support to protesters, but said "
that our Bahraini brothers did not ask us for any military or security training on any day and we have not given any training of that kind."

Protests in Bahrain were quelled when Saudi Arabia along with other Gulf states sent troops to the island country in order to support the ruling regime.

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