January 5, 2020 / 1:30 PM / 15 days ago

Hezbollah leader says Soleimani killing marks new phase for region

Vehicles pass near a picture of late Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, in Beirut's suburbs, Lebanon, January 5, 2020. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Sunday the killing of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani marked a new phase in the history of the Middle East.

Referring to the date of Soleimani’s killing in a U.S. air strike in Baghdad, Nasrallah said it was a “date separating two phases in the region ... it is the start of a new phase and new history not just for Iran or Iraq but the whole region”.

He was speaking at the start of a rally in the Hezbollah-controlled southern suburbs of Beirut to commemorate Soleimani.

Reporting by Beirut newsroom; writing by Tom Perry; editing by Jason Neely

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