Hezbollah won’t hold annual rally this month

Hezbollah won’t hold annual rally this month

Leader Hassan Nasrallah to deliver speech, but no mass gathering canceled amid wave of bombings in group’s Beirut stronghold

BEIRUT — The militant Hezbollah group says its leader will give an annual speech later this week but it did not announce the usual public rally that accompanies it.

Sheik Hassan Nasrallah normally holds a rally every year in mid-February marking the death of three of the group’s leaders including Hezbollah’s top military commander Imad Mughniyeh who was killed in 2008 by a bomb that ripped through his car in Damascus, Syria.

Hezbollah did not give a reason for not announcing the annual rally that is usually attended by hundreds of supporters in their stronghold south of Beirut.

The cancellation appears to be related to a wave of bombings in Hezbollah’s strongholds around Lebanon that left scores of people dead over the past months.

Last year, Hezbollah openly joined Syria’s civil war, fighting alongside government forces.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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