Hezbollah promises action against Israel’s potential acts of aggression on Lebanon’s Army, responding to the Israeli invaders’ recent killing of four Lebanese.
“The Israeli hand that targets the Lebanese Army will be cut off,” the Lebanese resistance movement’s Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Tuesday.
“…in any place where the Lebanese Army will be assaulted and there is a presence for the resistance, and it is capable, the resistance will not stand silent, or quiet or restrained,” Nasrallah said in a speech transmitted via video link in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, Israeli troops entered Lebanese soil, exchanging fire with Lebanon’s Army.
The offensive, joined by the Israel Defense Forces and the regime’s Air Force, saw the military launching rocket and suspected phosphorous bomb attacks on southern Lebanon.
Three Lebanese soldiers, a Lebanese journalist from the Beirut-based al-Akhbar newspaper and one senior Israeli Army officer were killed in the crossfire. It also resulted in injuries on both sides.
Lebanon’s President Michel Sleiman, Prime Minister Saad Hariri as well as Iranian and Jordanian officials have also voiced their condemnation of the invasion.
The Hezbollah leader furthermore praised the Lebanese Army’s bravery against the incursion, which he denounced as violation of Lebanon’s sovereignty.
He said Tel Aviv has repeatedly breached the United Nations Resolution 1701, which ended Israel’s 2006 war on Lebanon, regretting the international bodies’ refusal to probe the incidents.
About 1,200 Lebanese, most of them civilians, were killed during the 33-Day War. The Israeli military, however, was met with Hezbollah’s resistance and was eventually forced to withdraw without having achieved any of its objectives.
Nasrallah also held Israel responsible for the assassination of the country’s former leader Rafik Hariri, who was killed alongside 22 other people in a massive car bombing in the capital on February 14, 2005.
“I accuse the Israeli enemy of the assassination of (former) Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and… I will prove this by unveiling sensitive information at a press conference on Monday.”