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Nasrallah: Israel to strike Lebanon again

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Hezbollah leader Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has said that the Israeli regime may launch another attack on Lebanon by the next spring.

In a meeting with Lebanese expatriates visiting the country, Nasrallah estimated that Israel would not remain inactive, but rather, initiate an aggression on the country “sometime between the end of this year and next spring”, Lebanese television channel al-Jadid reported on Saturday.

The prominent leader added that should Israel wage another war on his homeland, the Hezbollah movement would use new tactics and methods to repel the assault.

He stressed that this time the group would not hesitate to attack Tel Aviv, if the southern suburbs of Beirut were hit.

“Tel Aviv in response to an attack on the Dahiya,” Nasrallah said, referring to a suburban stronghold south of the Lebanese capital.

The Hezbollah chief may have been referring to a statement made last year by an Israeli commander, Gabi Eisenkot, who introduced a new war strategy against Lebanon’s Hezbollah called the “Dahiya doctrine,” Israeli sources said.

According to the doctrine, Israel would use “disproportionate” force to destroy even small villages from where Hezbollah fired rockets at Israel.

The Israeli military has been under pressure over its 33-day war on Lebanon in 2006 which failed to achieve any of its stated goals including the destruction of the Lebanese resistance movement despite massive air raids on the country.

The offensive killed 1100 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and about 120 Israelis mostly troops.

Meanwhile, later in the meeting, Nasrallah once again stressed that his organization does not carry out “security operations” outside Lebanon, rejecting US claims that the group holds a military wing outside the country.

The recent remarks come as tensions escalated between Lebanon and Israel, over the establishment of an Israeli military outpost along the country’s border.

The outpost sparked demonstrations across the border and the Lebanese army placed its forces on high alert.

The event forced Hezbollah to ban demonstrations across the border, in a bid to prevent a possible confrontation with Israeli forces in southern Lebanon.

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