Beirut (AP) — The leader of the radical Hezbollah group said Saturday the day after his supporters fired rockets at Israel, his group would retaliate against future Israeli airstrikes in Lebanon.
Hassan Nasrara said it would be wrong to assume that Hezbollah would be constrained by the internal division of Lebanon, or the severe economic crisis of the country.
Nasrara’s comment called retaliation for Israeli airstrikes in southern Lebanon the day after his group launched a rocket at Israel.
The airstrikes on Thursday corresponded to a mysterious rocket launched from Lebanon to Israel on Wednesday for the first time in years.
The launch of rockets on Friday was the third day of an attack along the volatile border with Lebanon, a major flash point in the Middle East, where tensions between Israel and Iran in support of Hezbollah occasionally occur.
“Israel’s Lebanese Air Force bombing will be retaliated in a proper way because we want to protect our country,” Nasrara said in a television speech commemorating the 15th anniversary of the end of the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War. Stated.
Israel and Hezbollah are demon kings and have fought several wars in the past, but the last one ended in August 2006. The 34-day conflict ended in a draw, killing 1,200 people in Lebanon. Mainly civilians, and 160 dead Israelis, mainly soldiers.
“Don’t miscalculate that Hezbollah is busy with Lebanese issues,” Nasrara said, adding that launching the rocket is a “clear message.”
He added that Hezbollah fired 20 rockets only in the fields as Israeli airstrikes hit themselves into the fields on Thursday.
Lebanon has survived the worst economic and financial crisis in modern history. The World Bank states that it is one of the worst crises the world has witnessed since the mid-1800s.
Israel estimates that Hezbollah owns more than 130,000 rockets and missiles that can attack anywhere in the country. In recent years, Israel has also expressed concern that the group is trying to import or develop an arsenal of precision guided missiles.
“We always said we weren’t looking for war, we didn’t want it, but we’re ready for it,” said Nasrara.
In his speech, Nasrara severely criticized the judge who led the investigation, which killed and injured many in the harbor of Beirut last year in a big explosion. Nasrallah said Judge Tarek Bitar’s work was “politicized.”
Nasrara asked why Vital charged Hassan Diab, but his former prime minister did not.