The Bangladesh government named a new bridge Hezbollah. The bridge is located in the southern part of the South Asian country, spanning the Batakhali River in an area known as Cox’s Bazaar. Junior communications minister Salahuddin Ahmed named the bridge after the Lebanese group at the height of Hezbollah’s war with Israel.
“I named the bridge Hezbollah because of our love for the Lebanese resistance group,” Ahmed told the French news agency, AFP.
“Hezbollah is the only group which is fighting Israel and the bridge is named after the group as a mark of honor.”
Although the United States has identified Hezbollah as a terrorist group, and the Bangladesh government has been trying to convince US lawmakers that it is a “moderate” Muslim country, the government has taken no action to revoke the honor. During Hezbollah’s recent war with Israel, several Arab and Muslim countries were muted in their condemnations of the Jewish state and equivocal about supporting Hezbollah.
Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister M. Morshed Khan, issued several strong statements on the war, calling Israel’s actions “state terrorism” and “religious terrorism” and accusing the United States of sponsoring it. Bangladesh Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia, however, made no public statements condemning Israel or the United States.