Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad Condemn Paris Attacks

Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad Condemn Paris AttacksHamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad Condemn Paris Attacks

Leaders of Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and dozens of Syrian groups have denounced the Paris assaults as “against human values”, expressing their deepest condolences to the people of France.

The leaders of Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad all issued statements Saturday denouncing the attacks in Paris, where 129 people were killed and more than 350 people were wounded on Friday night, Deutsche Welle reported.

Dozens of Syrian opposition groups have also condemned the attacks in a joint online statement “in the strongest terms”.

“We learned today, with great shock and condemnation, about the terrorist attacks against civilians in the city of Paris,” the statement said.

Hezbollah leader Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah condemned the attacks as “barbaric,” and said in a televised speech that “our people in this region know very well this terrorism the ‘Islamic State’ has carried out in the French capital.” He went on to say that “the ‘Islamic State’ will not last long.”

Nasrallah further stressed that the recent attacks in a Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut’s southern suburbs, in which 43 people were killed in a double suicide attack on Thursday, will only increase Hezbollah’s determination to fight the IS movement in Syria.

Hamas official Bassem Na’eem said in an email statement that Hamas “strongly condemned the series of attacks and hostile actions that were carried out in Paris.”

“We pay our deep condolences to the families of the victims and we wish France safety and security,” he added.

Nafez Azzam, a senior Islamic Jihad official, also condemned the attacks to reporters, saying, “I don’t think Islam is allowing this haphazard and arbitrary killing.”

Syrian activists, refugees and civilians took to social media to express their solidarity with France. Social media profile pictures were overlaid with the French flag and residents in Syria’s war-torn capital, Damascus, wrote an open letter to the French people.

“We extend our hands to all the people that love peace and freedom, most of all the French people,” the letter said.