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Hezbollah ready to hit heart of Israel

4 August 2010 18:59

Hezbollah has advised Tel Aviv to think twice before committing another act of aggression against Lebanon, saying the resistance movement is capable of striking the heart of Israel.

One day after deadly clashes between Israeli and Lebanese troops, Hezbollah’s deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem said on Wednesday that the group is ready to deliver a harsh response to Israel if Tel Aviv attempts to wage another war on the country.

“Israel must understand that any aggression on Lebanon, no matter how small, gives us the complete right to retaliate when and how we find appropriate and in line with Lebanon’s political interests,” Sheikh Naim Qassem told AFP in an exclusive interview.

“When Israel threatens to destroy Lebanon, it knows Hezbollah is capable of making Israel suffer properly. Israel’s territory will be completely exposed and they will have to bear responsibility for that aggression and pay the price,” he added.

Qassem’s remarks came after a deadly clash on the Lebanese-Israeli border left three Lebanese soldiers, one journalist and a senior Israeli officer dead. Several soldiers from both sides were also injured.

Lebanese forces say the border clash erupted after Israeli troops violated the UN Security Council Resolution 1701 and entered the Lebanese territory. Israel, however, claims that its troops were trying to uproot a tree whose branches were tripping anti-infiltration devices, on the Israeli side of the border.

The Israeli army returned to the conflict zone on Wednesday and removed the tree.

Hezbollah, which inflicted a humiliating defeat on Israel in 2006, did not take part in the incident.

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