Rumors circulate over Hezbollah leader’s health

Click photo to download. Caption: Hassan Nasrallah. Credit: PD.( Rumors are circulating in the Lebanese media over the health status of long-time Hezbollah terror leader Hassan Nasrallah.

A report cited by Israel Hayom from a Lebanese radio station, Voice of Lebanon, said that Nasrallah had been flown to Iran for emergency medical treatment for severe cancer-related complications. Sources say that Nasrallah was recently diagnosed with cancer and that top Hezbollah leaders are considering elevating Naim Qassem, Hezbollah’s deputy secretary-general, to its leader.

Hezbollah, however, has denied this claim, according to a report in the Lebanese French daily L’Oreint Le Jour cited by the Jerusalem Post.

Another report said Nasrallah was injured in an attack by Syrian rebels, according to Israel Hayom.

Born in 1960, Nasrallah took over as Hezbollah’s secretary-general after Israel assassinated the terror group’s previous leader in 1992. Under his leadership, Hezbollah has become one of the most powerful paramilitary terrorist organizations in the world through its alliance with Syria and Iran.

Condemned as a thuggish terror leader by Israel, the U.S. and many Western leaders, Nasrallah has also enjoyed considerable popularity on the Arab street for his populist anti-American and anti-Israel stances. But at the same time, he is despised by many in the Arab world, especially Sunni Arab leaders, for his refusal to disarm as well as involvement in assassination and suppression against political foes.

Last week, Syrian rebels threatened to attack Nasrallah if he continued to aid the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. A message from the Joint Command of the Free Syrian Army called Nasrallah a “criminal” and said “anyone who dares to attack our people and our land will pay a hefty price.”

Posted on February 26, 2013 .