‘Open the sea’ – Hezbollah leader calls on Lebanon to flood Europe with migrants

By John Cody

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Monday urged the Lebanese authorities to “open the sea” to migrant boats to put pressure on Europe. The announcement comes shortly before the EU parliamentary elections on June 9, with immigration perhaps the most important topic of the election.

In a televised address, Hassan Nasrallah called for “a national decision” to “open the sea” for “anyone who wants to leave for Europe, for Cyprus,” which is the EU country closest to Lebanon’s coast.

Many in Lebanon accuse the EU of wanting to keep displaced Syrians in the country, which claims to host nearly 2 million Syrian refugees, including many who are in the country illegally. That represents the highest per capita ratio in the world.



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