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Hizbullah opens war exhibition in Nabatiyeh.

Byline: Mohammed Zaatari

Summary: Hizbullah invited journalists on Tuesday to tour a new exhibition, "Al-Imad: The Leader of the Two Victories," set up by the party in the southern region of Nabatieh to mark the second anniversary of the summer 2006 war with Israel. The exhibition was dubbed after Imad Mughniyeh, a senior Hizbullah commander who was assassinated in Damascus.

NABATIEH: Hizbullah invited journalists on Tuesday to tour a new exhibition, "Al-Imad: The Leader of the Two Victories," set up by the party in the southern region of Nabatieh to mark the second anniversary of the summer 2006 war with Israel. The exhibition was dubbed after Imad Mughniyeh, a senior Hizbullah commander who was assassinated in Damascus in February in a killing the party has blamed on Israel. The Jewish state denies involvement.

The exhibition will be opened to the public on Friday.

The items on display reflect aspects of Mughniyeh's personality, such as "the destroyer of the myth of the undefeatable [Israeli] army," and displays some of his personal belongings, including objects from his office, his weapons and the clothes in which he was killed, said a Hizbullah statement.

"And for the first time, the exhibition will include weapons used by the resistance while facing the Israeli enemy," the statement added. "It will also display war material and ammunition in different artistic ways."

According to the statement, the 50-day exhibition shows the "destroyed image of the collapsed [Israeli] army and the state of fear in which it is living."

"In addition, the exhibition will present a panorama of the resistance's two victories and its most important achievements and will be closed with an audio-visual dramatic work that reflects the importance of martyrdom and sacrifice in the life of Mughniyeh and his brothers," the statement added.

The project was set upAa in three weeks with the participation of 290 people from the Islamic resistance and its Media Activities Unit in particular.

To enter the exhibition hall, visitors pass under a giant green hat, similar to the one Mughniyeh used to wear, then cross the "bridge of victory."

Supervisor Akeel Hoteit said the exhibition is divided into four sections. "The Cemetery of the Invaders is the division displaying some of Israel's destroyed military vehicles and weapons that had been gathered by Hizbullah, during the July-August 2006 war," Hoteit told journalists. "The second section is called The Time of Victories. It includes murals that highlight the victory and steadfastness of our people, resistance and army."

"Victory Makers is a special section to honor Mughniyeh, the resistance and other martyrs, where some of their personal belongings are displayed.

"And the exhibition's fourth division is a media center, where documentaries that discuss the meaning of martyrdom and sacrifice are screened," he said.

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Date:Aug 13, 2008
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