(Beirut) Lebanese Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Saturday promised an “appropriate and proportionate” response to “any Israeli air strike on Lebanon” after the two enemies on the border had a fever this week.
Posted on Aug 7, 2021 at 4:05 pm
Israel carried out its first air strikes on Lebanon since 2014 on Thursday after three missiles were fired from Lebanon without claiming its territory.
Hezbollah responded the next day by launching more than ten rockets at the Jewish state, which responded with artillery fire.
“Our reaction was linked to the Israeli attacks on southern Lebanon, the first in fifteen years,” said Hassan Nasrallah during a televised address on the anniversary of the 33-day deadly war that sparked the powerful Shiite movement against Israel in 2006.
In 2014, Israeli attacks targeted an area near the Syrian border.
“We want to tell the enemy […] that any attack by the Israeli Air Force on Lebanon will inevitably be followed by a response, but in an appropriate and proportionate manner as we wish […] protect the country, ”said Hassan Nasrallah.
According to him, the Israeli air strikes represent a “very dangerous development”.
“We don’t want to be heading for a war, but we are prepared for it,” he added.
Israeli officials also reiterated on Friday that they did not want an escalation “towards a real war” but said they were prepared for it.
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) warned on Friday of a “very dangerous situation” and called for an “immediate” ceasefire.
The United States also urged the Lebanese government to “quickly prevent” Hezbollah militants – whom Washington regards as a “terrorist” organization – from firing missiles at Israel.
The Lebanese government has been running day-to-day business since it resigned after the explosion in the port of Beirut on August 4, 2020.
Heavyweight in Lebanese political life, supported by Iran, Hezbollah is the only Lebanese faction that did not surrender after the civil war (1975-1990).
Around 1200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers, were killed in the 2006 war.
The exchange of fire on the Lebanese-Israeli border coincided with mounting tensions between the Hebrew state and Iran.