Hezbollah chief threatens to target Israel with ‘thousands of rockets’

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Beirut: Lebanon’s Hezbollah Chief Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday threatened to target Israel with “Thousands of rockets” if it attacks the country.

In a speech broadcasted on Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television, Nasrallah said, “The recent conflict in and around the Gaza Strip, which killed 166 Palestinians and six Israelis, was “a great victory for the resistance.”

“Israel was shaken by a handful of Fajr 5 missiles. How would it bear the thousands of rockets that would hit Tel Aviv and beyond if it attacked Lebanon,” he challenged.

“That which protects Gaza, after God, is the will of the resistance, its people, its weapons and its rockets,” said the leader of Lebanon’s most powerful military force.

While Gaza militants are constrained by their geography, he stressed that “the battle with us runs through occupied Palestine, from the Lebanese to the Jordanian border to the Red Sea, from Kiryat Shmona to Eilat (Israel’s northernmost and southernmost localities).”

“The time when Israel could terrorise us has expired,” he said.

Israel launched a devastating attack on Lebanon in 2006 after Hezbollah fighters captured four soldiers in a cross-border raid. During the ensuing war, Hezbollah fired more than 4,000 rockets into northern Israel.

More than 1,200 people in Lebanon, mostly civilians, died in the conflict, as well as 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.

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