Ex-Hezbollah chief slams group's Syria intervention

June 9, 2013 12:31

Subhi al-Tufayli says Hezbollah has "provoked the whole world," is "plaguing" the Islamic nation, not defending it.

Former Hezbollah chief Subhi al-Tufayli.

Subhi al-Tufayli 370. (photo credit: Courtesy Anonymous Syria)

Former Hezbollah Secretary-General Subhi al-Tufayli criticized the Lebanese organization's military intervention in the Syrian civil war in an interview with Al Arabiya News aired on Friday.

"Hezbollah’s project as a resistance party that works to unify the Islamic world has fallen," Tufayli lamented, criticizing current Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah's decision to challenge Sunni Muslims to fight against the Shi'ite militia group.

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“[Hezbollah] is no longer that party that defends the Umma [Islamic nation]; instead it plagues the Umma,” he said.

Tufayli noted that Hezbollah has "provoked the whole world" and started a sectarian war that "opened the door for a ferocious period of sedition."

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He placed the blame for Hezbollah's military involvement in Syria on Iran, and said Tehran completely controls the Shiite group.

Tufayli was Hezbollah's chief from 1989 to 1991. He lost his post to Abbas al-Musawi and consequently broke from Hezbollah a year later. He accused the group of "moderation" towards the Lebanese state, and criticized it for entering the Lebanese government.

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