Hezbollah leader's televised address threatens Israel and Cyprus

Lebanon-based group had attacked nine Israeli military sites with rockets, drones earlier this week

Reuters June 19, 2024
Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters in Beirut's southern suburbs, Lebanon November 11, 2023. PHOTO: REUTERS


The head of Lebanon's Hezbollah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warned on Wednesday that his group would fight with "no rules" and "no ceilings" in case a broader war with Israel erupted and that nowhere in Israel would be safe from Hezbollah's attacks.

In a televised address, Nasrallah said that included possible targets in the Mediterranean Sea. Nasrallah also threatened Cyprus for the first time, saying Hezbollah could consider it "a part of the war" if it continued to allow Israel to use its airports and bases for military exercises.

Intensified cross-border fire from Lebanon's Hezbollah movement into Israel could trigger serious escalation, the Israeli military said on Sunday.

"Hezbollah’s increasing aggression is bringing us to the brink of what could be a wider escalation, one that could have devastating consequences for Lebanon and the entire region," Israeli military spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said in a video statement in English.

Read more: Nine Israeli military sites attacked with rockets and drones, says Hezbollah

Iran-backed Hezbollah last week launched the largest volleys of rockets and drones yet in the eight months it has been exchanging fire with the Israeli military, in parallel with the Gaza war.

After the relatively heavy exchanges over the past week, Sunday saw a marked drop in Hezbollah fire, while the Israeli military said that it had carried out several air strikes against the group in southern Lebanon.

The US and France are working on a negotiated settlement to the hostilities along Lebanon's southern border. Hezbollah says it will not halt fire unless Israel stops its military offensive on Gaza.

"Israel will take the necessary measures to protect its civilians — until security along our border with Lebanon is restored," Hagari said.


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