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Hezbollah leader warns 'no place safe' in Israel if war erupts

Voice of America
20 Jun 2024

Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's leader in Lebanon, warned Wednesday that no place would be safe in Israel if a war erupts between the country and the Lebanese militant group.

Nasrallah said in a televised address that Iran-backed Hezbollah has a 'bank of targets' that would be subject to precision strikes if the sporadic fighting between the two foes turns into a broader conflict.

'There will be no place safe from our missiles and our drones' in Israel, Nasrallah said.'

On Tuesday, Hezbollah released what it said was drone footage of sensitive sites deep within Israel.

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'We now have new weapons,' Nasrallah said Wednesday. 'But I won't say what they are. ...The enemy knows well that we have prepared ourselves for the worst ... and that no place ... will be spared our rockets.'

Israel is well aware of Hezbollah's weapons, Lieutenant General Herzi Halevi, chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces, said Wednesday during a trip near Israel's border with Lebanon.

'The enemy only knows a small part of our capabilities and will see them at the needed time,' he said.

Israel and Hezbollah, an ally of Hamas, have exchanged strikes since October, when the war in Gaza erupted. In eight months, more than 400 people have been killed in Lebanon, mostly Hezbollah fighters, but also at least 80 civilians. In Israel, 16 soldiers and 11 civilians have been killed in the fighting.

In his broadcast, Nasrallah threatened Cyprus, accusing it of opening 'Cypriot airports and bases for the Israeli enemy to target Lebanon.' That move, he said, 'means that the Cypriot government has become part of the war, and the resistance will deal with it as part of the war.'

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