The Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Iraq’s Nujaba resistance movements have hailed the arrival of the first batch of Iranian fuel oil cargo in Lebanon to help ease crippling fuel shortages in the Arab country amid a dire economic crisis.
Islamic Jihad leader Ahmad al-Mudallal stressed that the arrival of Hezbollah-brokered Iranian fuel in Lebanon was a victory for the entire resistance front.
“The fuel delivery proved that US sanctions can neither impact the Lebanese resistance [movement Hezbollah] nor the Islamic Republic of Iran. It showed that Iran and the resistance have jointly taken the decision to alleviate the sufferings of the Lebanese nation,” Mudallal told Lebanon’s Unews news agency on Thursday.
The senior Islamic Jihad member also dismissed the Tel Aviv regime’s threats against Iranian fuel shipments to Lebanon as absurd, saying, “Israel’s weak coalition cabinet can never trouble the growing axis of resistance.”
“Iran’s courageous decision to send a fuel vessel to Lebanon revealed that Israel cannot do anything, especially as Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah had warned against any attack on the Iranian ship,” Mudallal underscored.
Separately, the spokesman for Iraq’s Nujaba resistance movement praised Iranian fuel deliveries to Lebanon as a proof of Tehran’s firm and solemn promises, and considered it a new achievement for the Lebanese nation and the resistance bloc.
“The Lebanese nation has humiliated and disappointed its enemies, and revealed that their attempts and money laundering bids would not yield anything other than their regret,” Nasr al-Shammari wrote in a post published on his Twitter page.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has once again proved that it is a strong and honest ally. Isn’t this an example of God Almighty’s saying that the Party of God is victorious?” he noted.
On Thursday, dozens of tanker trucks carrying Iranian fuel arranged by Hezbollah resistance movement arrived in Lebanon.
Hezbollah declared that it had broken an “American siege.”
As they entered from Syria in the eastern region of Hermel, the trucks were greeted by Hezbollah supporters waving the group’s yellow flag and ululating women tossing rice and rose petals.
Earlier this week, Nasrallah said the Iranian fuel shipments would be distributed free of charge to institutions, including state hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages and the Red Cross.
“[Hezbollah] is not looking to make a business out of this but wants to help ease the people’s hardships,” the Hezbollah secretary general said, adding that the rest of the Iranian fuel would be sold “below cost” to bakeries, private hospitals or companies that run private generators.
Lebanon has been mired in a deep economic and financial crisis since late 2019. The crisis is the gravest threat to the country’s stability since the 15-year civil war ended in 1990.
The economic and financial crisis is mostly linked to the sanctions that the United States and its allies have imposed on Lebanon as well as foreign intervention in the Arab nation’s domestic affairs.
Compounding the woes, Saudi Arabia has imposed its own sanctions, including banning its citizens from traveling to Lebanon where Riyadh-backed elements have been jockeying for position.
A new government was formed last week to negotiate a financial rescue plan with international organizations.