Hezbollah condemns Barcelona attack, saying it 'harms the image of jihad'

By YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA
August 20, 2017 03:35

The Lebanese terrorist organization called out the Syrian-based terror group.

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Hezbollah condemns Barcelona attack, saying it 'harms the image of jihad'

A Hezbollah fighter stands in front of anti-tank artillery at Juroud Arsal, the Syria-Lebanon border.. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Hezbollah on Friday strongly condemned the terror attack allegedly carried out by ISIS on Thursday in Barcelona. 

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, in which a van rammed into a crowd on a busy tourist street in the Spanish city, killing 14 and injuring over 100. It was followed by another similar attack in the coastal city of Cambrils, in which five suspects were shot and killed by police. 

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The Lebanon-based terrorist organization said the attack was "further proof of the criminal culture" of ISIS, and that the group's members "are influenced by a culture of hatred of people and the killing and destruction of their property, on false pretexts that are unacceptable to common sense or religion."

Hezbollah also added that "turning innocent civilians into targets for murder is part of a satanic plan carried out by [ISIS] terrorists" and that the group's goal "is to harm the image of jihad and to contaminate the image of Islam."

The Shi'ite organization called on the world to work together to eliminate ISIS, first by pressuring regional and international forces that support the group with funding and defense.

Hezbollah - along with the Lebanese army - is at war with ISIS. Fire was exchanged on the Lebanese-Syrian border on Saturday just after it was announced that an offensive had been launched.

From the Syrian side of the border, Hezbollah is working with the Syrian army to attack ISIS positions with missiles, artillery, and helicopter fire.


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