BEIRUT (10:00 P.M.) – On Friday the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, announced that a third Iranian fuel tanker will set sail from Iran amid crippling fuel and energy shortages in Lebanon.
“We have agreed to start loading a third vessel,” Nasrallah said in a televised speech, according to Reuters. “The coming days will prove those doubtful about the shipments arriving with fuel wrong.”
He added that “our words will be clear when the first vessel reaches Lebanon.” Iran’s Tasnim news indicated on Friday that the first tanker bound for Lebanon has recently left Iranian waters and has now entered international waters.
When the Hezbollah leader over a week ago first unveiled that Iranian fuel would ship to Lebanon, in defiance of U.S. sanctions, he expressly warned both Israel and the Untied States against interfering.
During those initial comments he laid blame in part for the crisis on those who “betrayed” public trust by storing and selling fuel on the black market.
But he also stressed that the “chaos in Lebanon is caused by the Americans from the U.S. embassy, and that what is happening today in the country is the same as what is happening in Iraq because there is one room that runs chaos.”