Hezbollah says Israeli claim attempt to intimidate Lebanon, Syria

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said, Israeli allegations on Scud missiles was an attempt to intimidate Lebanon and Syria.

Hezbollah says Israeli claim attempt to intimidate Lebanon, Syria

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said, Israeli allegations on Scud missiles was an attempt to intimidate Lebanon and Syria.

Nasrallah, in an interview with Kuwait's al-Rai television broadcast on Thursday, said the claims were an attempt to intimidate the armed Lebanese political group and Syria.

Hezbollah was formed during Israel's invasion of Lebanon in 1982. It came out into the open as a mainly guerrilla group in 1985 but quickly began establishing social and medical networks in Lebanon.

"I cannot say that it (war) is close. Myself and brothers in Hezbollah see that all this intimidation does not hide behind it a war. On the contrary, if there was silence and quietness, then everyone must be be vigilant," he said.

"But when you see all this American and Israeli noise, this means they want to use this noise to achieve political, psychological and certain security advantages without resorting to the step of war.

"Today it's Scuds, yesterday other kinds of rockets ... the aim is one, and that is to intimidate Lebanon, to intimidate Syria and to put pressure on Lebanon, Syria, the resistance movement and the Lebanese and Syrian people," Nasrallah said.

"Regardless of whether Syria gave Hezbollah this type of rockets ... of course Syria denied, and Hezbollah as usual does not comment," said the Hezbollah leader.

Reports of the delivery of the long-range Scud missiles first appeared on April 10 in Kuwaiti newspaper al-Rai.

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman denied in a separate television interview there were any Scuds in Lebanon.

"There is no proof about what they (U.S. and Israelis) are talking about now. And if they had actual evidence, they would have presented it to the media and on television screens," he said in an interview on Lebanon's LBC television on Thursday.

Resistance by Hezbollah were instrumental in Israel's withdrawal from south Lebanon in 2000 after a 22-year occupation.

Israel attacked the group in 2006 that that cost Lebanon a heavy civilian toll but failed to defeat its guerrilla force on the ground.

Nasrallah, 49, has headed Hezbollah since 1992 when his predecessor, Abbas Moussaoui, was killed in an Israeli helicopter raid. The party has participated in the Lebanese government since 2005.

Hezbollah holds 10 seats in Lebanon's 30-member unity government formed by Prime Minister Saad Hariri.


Agencies

 

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