Hundreds of Thousands Rally in Beirut

Excerpts of a report from Al-Manar TV online (http://www.manartv.com.lb)

September 23, 2006

Hundreds of thousands of people stretched over more than 140 thousand square meters of land in Beirut's southern suburb, coming from everywhere in Lebanon, at the invitation of Hezbollah secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah to mark the "Divine Victory Festival."...

[At the rally Nasrallah said]: "The resistance today is stronger than it was on July 12. He who wants to weaken us is miscalculating. We are stronger today than ever before."...

Nasrallah called for building a strong, capable and just state for all its citizens....

On continuous Israeli violation of UN resolution 1701, Sayyed Nasrallah said that the resistance will not stand silent for too long.

He asked the government: do you want the Lebanese army just to write reports about the Israeli violations? If the government would not protect the land, the people and the resistance will assume this mission. We should be strong and support our army by demanding that it becomes fully equipped to protect the Lebanese people. The government's responsibility is to protect the people and the UNIFIL should not interfere in internal affairs."

Sayyed Nasrallah renewed his pledge to bring back the Lebanese detainees from Israeli jails, through indirect talks and a swap deal to exchange the two Israeli soldiers captured by Hezbollah on June 12 with them.