Hezbollah Official: All of Israel Within Reach of Our Missiles

Middle East

Simmering tensions between Tel Aviv and the Lebanon-based militant and political organisation escalated last week after Israeli troops launched operation ‘Northern Shield’, aimed at destroying suspected Hezbollah tunnels used to funnel militants and arms through the Israel-Lebanon border.

Hezbollah is capable of targeting any point in israel with its missiles, the group’s second in command Sheikh Naim Qassem said in an interview with Iran’s al-Vefagh newspaper.

“There is not a single point in the occupied territories out of reach of Hezbollah’s missiles,” Qassem said.

According to the senior official, the missiles serve to deter israel from starting another war with Lebanon by exposing the “Israeli home front”.

Qassem also commented on the war in Syria, where Hezbollah has played an active role in assisting the Syrian government against a collection of jihadist militants including Daesh (ISIS)* and Nusra Front.* The official praised the victories achieved against the terrorists, but slammed the US for its alleged obstruction of the peace process.

Tensions between Tel Aviv and Beirut escalated in recent months after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Israel would not let Hezbollah and Iran “get away with” the alleged stationing of precision missiles in Lebanon, including around Beirut’s international airport.

Last week, Hezbollah published a propaganda video warning Israel…

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