Hezbollah Issues Caveat On UN Deal

Hezbollah says it will abide by a UN-backed ceasefire, but will continue to resist Israeli troops as long as they remain in Lebanon.

Hezbollah Issues Caveat On UN Deal

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's leader, said on Saturday that his fighters would observe the UN resolution ending fighting once the timing of the truce was agreed and adhered to by Israel. "We will not be an obstacle to any [government] decision that it finds appropriate, but our ministers will express reservations about articles [in the UN resolution] that we consider unjust and unfair," he said in a speech broadcast on Hezbollah's Al-Manar television.

But he called continued resistance to the Israeli offensive "our natural right" and predicted more intense fighting to come. "Hezbollah has the right to resist Israeli soldiers still in Lebanon, but will co-operate with Lebanese soldiers and UN troops due to be deployed to southern Lebanon as part of the Security Council resolution," he said.

"We must not make a mistake, not in the resistance, the government or the people, and believe that the war has ended. The war has not ended. There have been continued strikes and continued casualties," he added. Despite the UN resolution's demand for a "full cessation of hostilities", the Israeli army pushed deeper into Lebanon on Saturday and air raids killed 20 people. Hezbollah also continued to fire rockets into northern Israel on Saturday.

Source: Aljazeera.net

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16