Nasrallah planting tree 311 AP.
(photo credit: AP)
BEIRUT — A television station run by Lebanon's Hezbollah has aired a rare spot showing the group's reclusive leader emerging from hiding to plant a tree.
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Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah has rarely been seen in public since his Shiite Muslim group battled Israel in a month-long 2006 war, fearing assassination. He gives news conferences via satellite link.
But on Friday, the black-turbaned Hizbullah chief was shown on al-Manar TV, shovel in hand, planting and watering a small tree in the southern suburbs of Beirut outside his home that was bombed by Israel in the 2006 war.
Nasrallah then urged all Lebanese to plant a tree outside their homes as
part of a Hizbullah campaign to plant one million trees in Lebanon.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was scheduled to visit what he has
reportedly called "Iran's border with Israel" during a trip to Lebanon
later this month, referring to Lebanon's southern border with Israel.
Hizbullah operatives will reportedly be providing security for the Iranian president on his trip to Lebanon.