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In pictures: Hezbollah rally

Posters of Sheikh Nasrallah in Beirut

Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah has made his first public appearance since before the recent conflict with Israel.

Crowds mass in the square before the rally

Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese gathered in south Beirut, heavily bombed by Israel, for a rally to celebrate Hezbollah's self-proclaimed victory.

A Hezbollah honour guard at the rally

Hezbollah wanted the rally to be a formal celebration of their perceived victory in the conflict, and put on a full military show.

Sheikh Nasrallah waves to the crowds

Sheikh Nasrallah arrived on stage accompanied by security guards. He said he decided to appear in person only 30 minutes before the rally.

Security guard on stage

Security was tight, with armed guards on rooftops and the crowd carefully monitored by Hezbollah.

Cheering Hezbollah supporters

The speech went down well with the thousands in the crowd, many of whom had travelled from different parts of Lebanon.




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