Hezbollah as Lebanon’s real ruler?
Hezbollah’s latest move weakens the state and perceptions of the state. It is a violation of sovereignty.
Lebanon, grappling with its worst-ever financial crisis, defaulted on its debt last year and can no longer afford to import key goods, including petrol for vehicles and diesel for generators during almost round-the-clock power cuts.
Iranian fuel has entered Lebanon without state authorisation and despite US sanctions following arrangements by Shiite group Hezbollah, consecrating the party’s status as the main powerhouse in the crisis-hit country.
It’s very clear that the state is unable to stop Hezbollah. The state is watching and it’s paralysed and it can’t take any action.
Rumors that the fuel will only benefit Hezbollah’s own community.