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Lebanon's Hezbollah slams Nimr execution as 'assassination'

Lebanon's Hezbollah slams Nimr execution as 'assassination'

Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah has condemned as an “assassination” Saudi Arabia’s execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.


In a statement carried by its website al-Manar on Saturday, Hezbollah condemned the execution of Sheikh Nimr as a “heinous crime,” saying the move was based on “false pretexts” and “empty allegations.”

Hezbollah said the reason behind the execution of Nimr was that the respected cleric always spoke for the oppressed against the regime in Saudi Arabia.

The Lebanese resistance movement also condemned the Saudi authorities’ designation of Nimr and other anti-regime Shia activists as terrorist elements, saying Riyadh tried to divert attention from its terror-seeking policies by killing Nimr and others over their alleged role in acts of terror.

Hezbollah described the late Sheikh Nimr as a spiritual scholar who always sought dialogue and resisted injustice. His martyrdom will pave the way for the final abolishment of the Saudi kingdom, the Lebanese resistance movement said.

It said Nimr’s execution was a beginning in the New Year for a string of new crimes by the Saudi regime.
Hezbollah called on rights groups across the world to condemn the execution of Sheikh Nimr as a crime.
The Lebanese group also said it also holds the United States responsible for the execution of Nimr as Washington has always provided direct support for the Saudi regime and covered up Riyadh’s continued violation of the rights of its people and the people of other countries in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia on Saturday executed Sheikh Nimr along with 46 others in defiance of international calls for the release of the prominent Shia cleric and other jailed political activists in the kingdom.

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